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Russians charged in poisoning say they visited United Kingdom as tourists

Salisbury Cathedral which the prime suspects in the Novichok nerve agent claimed to have been visiting Salisbury Cathedral which the prime suspects in the Novichok nerve agent claimed to have been visiting Credit Toby Melville Reuters
Deanna Wagner | 13 September, 2018, 15:26

Two Russians accused of a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom have told Russian TV that they visited the city where the assault took place to see its historic cathedral, and not to poison a former spy.

They said they "got wet, took the nearest train and came back" to London.

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March and they have replied with obfuscation and lies", Slack said.

Mr Boshirov said: "The customs are checking everything, they would have questions as to why men have women's perfume in their luggage".

Skripal - a former Russian military intelligence colonel who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service - and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the English city of Salisbury in March.

Skripal, a former Russian double agent, was poisoned along with his daughter in central Salisbury in March.

Boshirov acknowledged they may have been near Mr Skripal's house but they did not know where it was.

Calling the poisoning a "sickening and despicable" attack, Javid said it was "unequivocally, crystal-clear this was the act of the Russian state - two Russian nationals sent to Britain with the sole objective of carrying out a reckless assassination attempt".

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The two men described themselves workers in the fitness industry and said that they had been on a sightseeing trip to... Britain said the attack was nearly certainly approved "at a senior level of the Russian state", an allegation that Moscow has vehemently denied.

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of Russia's state-funded RT, wrote on social media that she had met and interviewed two men called Petrov and Boshirov yesterday evening.

"We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones". Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the case.

The two men denied they were military intelligence officers and said they felt they deserved an apology from the real perpetrators of the poisoning, if they were ever found.

Russian state TV channel Rossiya-24 said Mr Petrov would give an interview to them next week, but just a day later both suspects have spoken to RT. "We spent New Year in Switzerland".

In an address to the Easter Economic Forum in Vladivostok, he said: "Of course, we looked who these people are".

"We pick up the most necessary, come here and decide how to deliver the new products from this market here".