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Accused Russian Hit Men: We Were in Salisbury for Sightseeing, Not Poisoning

Accused Russian Hit Men: We Were in Salisbury for Sightseeing, Not Poisoning”

Britain charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov last week with trying to kill double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with the Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok.

The men, named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, told the RT channel that they went sightseeing in Salisbury but returned to London within an hour.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied involvement.

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

It comes days after the identities of the suspects were given as Ruslan Borishov and Alexander Petrov, both of which police believe are assumed names. But very odd to come all this way for just two days while carrying novichok in their luggage. They denied the allegation and Russian Federation refused to extradite them.

The two men confirmed that they were the men pictured travelling to and from Salisbury in images published by Britain's Metropolitan Police.

Police say the first visit was to stake out the town and the second to poison the Skripals.

Now, the two men have appeared on Russian TV in an freakish interview that included their denials - but also indirect questions about their sexual preferences, awkward stares and accounts of the weather in the quaint English town of Salisbury in early March 2017.

Their second trip to Salisbury took nearly four hours on Sunday, and they stayed for about the same length of time. "We didn't have it", Mr Boshirov said.

"On Saturday, 3 March, they left the hotel and took the underground to Waterloo station, arriving at approximately 11.45am, where they caught a train to Salisbury, arriving at approximately 2.25pm".

The suspects contended that one photo released by British police was incorrect - a security still showing them at separate passport windows at the same time at Gatwick airport.

A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry rejected the report, writing in a post that she believed Bellingcat had ties to western intelligence, noting the group's access to a Russian database that is not publicly available. On one Russian language Donald Trump parody account, the user posted a screenshot from "Brokeback Mountain", the 2005 film about a same-sex relationship, with the caption "Let's go to Salisbury!" "So how did this happen?" You'll have to ask the English why show us with the same timestamp.

"The truth is that the Russian state was complicit in this attempted murder and our allies have reacted in line with the findings the prime minister shared last week", he added.

Craig Murray, a former official who has faced criticism for pushing debunked conspiracy theories related to the poisoning, claimed on Twitter after the interview that the "most likely interpretation is that they are a gay couple..."

The men denied carrying women's perfume after police discovered a counterfeit bottle that contained a "significant amount" of Novichok and they denied knowing where the Skripals lived. Ms Simonyan made clear the two men, "the real (as far as I can tell) Petrov and Boshirov", had contacted her offering an interview. "We didn't have it".

"Any Russian "tourists" visiting the United Kingdom".



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