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Russians charged in poisoning say they visited United Kingdom as tourists

Russians charged in poisoning say they visited United Kingdom as tourists”

Both men match the appearance of the security camera footage released by British police in detailing their case against the men, although their hair color now appears lighter. Boshirov said. He went on to claim that if they had such an item in their luggage, it would have been hard to get past airport customs agents without arousing suspicion. They said they were not, and actually work in the sports nutrition industry.

They travelled to and from Salisbury on the weekend in March that Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned.

The Skripals and a police officer fell seriously ill. The men denied having any poison or the counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle that United Kingdom police say was used to transport the nerve agent.

He called on the two men to contact the media and "tell about themselves" - which they then duly did.

The men who said their real names were Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov said they'd been tourists visiting the English city of Salisbury, where the poisoning took place, to see its cathedral.

"The Salisbury Cathedral is handsome this time of year!" It's famous for its 123 metre-spire.

A Foreign Office spokesman said that the two men had been identified as the prime suspects and it is clear they are GRU officers who "used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapons on the streets of our country".

"We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and tried to walk through the town, but we lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow". "Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies". Russian Federation kicked out a similar number of those countries' diplomatic envoys. The affair has worsened Russian relations with the West, already under strain over Ukraine, Syria and other issues.

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. We went through the corridor together, we always [do it] together.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were accused by Britain last week of trying to kill Sergei Skripal, gave an interview to Russian state television which aired on Thursday.

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March", he added.

RT ran part of the interview on Thursday morning, in which Petrov said: "We are those shown to you in the (CCTV) pictures".

"It wasn't a business trip". Boshirov said, referring to the small Nina Ricci vial which British authorities said had contained the poison. But Vladimir Putin has denied that these men had anything to do with the poisoning and that they're in any way attached to the Kremlin.

They said they may have passed by Skripal's house but they did not know him. So they returned the next day. Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor-in-chief, who conducted the interview, said on Twitter that "their answers are their responsibility" and it's up to viewers to decide whether to believe the men, who were "extremely nervous and sweating".

Putin expressed hope they would come forward and speak publicly. Before all this, we had no idea who Sergey Skripal is. Britain charged two Russians with his murder but both remain in Russia, and one later won a seat in parliament.



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