Russians Accused in UK Poisoning: 'Coincidence' They Were in Salisbury

Attack The suspects believed to be travelling as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov

Traces of the agent Novichok have also been found in the room the two men stayed in in London, according to the investigators.

"Our friends have been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", Petrov said.

"Salisbury?" their interviewer asked.

"But the cathedral is not usually the main destination for tourists", said Lomidze. For tourists coming from Russian Federation to the United Kingdom, the delights of Salisbury's ancient cathedral, its 123-metre tall spire, 14th century working clock and well-preserved Magna Carta are, at best, a side-trip on the way to Stonehenge.

However, a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained in case they travel to the EU, and UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that the men will be caught and prosecuted if they ever step out of Russian Federation.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman said: "The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian-state sponsored TV station are an insult to the public's intelligence".

London's reaction to a recent interview of Russia's RT channel with two men suspected of poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is absurd, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

The Russian government has denied involvement in the poisoning.

"Don't you think that it's kind of stupid for two straight men to carry perfume for ladies?"

Boshirov and Petrov said they called her because they needed protection and would like an apology from Britain.

"The government is clear these men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service - the GRU - who used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country". But the Petrov/Borishov statements are not credible and don't match the widely accepted intelligence we have on these individuals'. We're ordinary businessmen trying to make it in the fitness industry.

The pair said their lives were turned upside down after they were publicly named by United Kingdom police.

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Officers formally linked the attack on the Skripals to events in nearby Amesbury where Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent. Sturgess later died after applying what she believed was perfume.

That was the subtext to RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan's interview with the two suspects on Thursday, a conversation that lingered at moments on single beds and why they spent so much time together.

Police released dozens of CCTV images tracking the pair's movements from London to the Wiltshire city.

A handout picture taken at Salisbury train station in Salisbury, west of London on March 3, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov.

Mr Glen said the interview by the two Russians was "a very poor attempt to reset the narrative".

The men confirmed they visited Salisbury twice, on March 3 and 4.

British police used surveillance camera footage from airports, transit stations, and elsewhere to outline the pair's movements.

Simonyan later wrote on Twitter: "Guys, I don't know if they're gay or not".

The two Russians entered the United Kingdom on an Aeroflot flight on March 2, departing March 4, according to the U.K.'s counter-terrorism police chief, Neil Basu.

London believes that Putin personally sanctioned the attack.

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March", the statement also said. They returned the next day to see the sights. Leaving Salisbury at approximately 4.10pm and arriving in Bow at approximately 8.05 pm.

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