Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Skripal poisoning suspects say they were in United Kingdom as 'tourists'

Skripal poisoning suspects say they were in United Kingdom as 'tourists'

"Salisbury?" their interviewer asked. "We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and the lives of our loved ones", Mr Boshirov said. It's famous not only in Europe, but in the whole world. "The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station are an insult to the public's intelligence", the spokesman said.

And British journalists have been mocking the story on Twitter, highlighting the improbability of the pair's itinerary and route if they were truly tourists.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were formally accused of attempting to murder former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, are seen on CCTV at Salisbury Station, March 3, 2018.

When asked about the nerve agent Novichok, they emphatically denied carrying it, or the modified Nina Ricci perfume bottle, which United Kingdom investigators say contained the substance.

Last week, Britain announced charges against the two men.

When asked if British investigators could visit Russian Federation to question Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom London suspects of being involved in the Salisbury incident, Peskov said that there was a legal assistance mechanism based on bilateral agreements and global law.

Boshirov said they had gone to visit Salisbury Cathedral, noting its high spire.

"We were just taking in the English gothic [style]", Boshirov said. 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 added that they would like to receive an apology from British officials.

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

British investigators say the poison was transported in a fake perfume bottle.

The TV station recorded the interview on Wednesday evening, just hours after President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation had identified the men sought by Britain and urged them to address the media.

"I think they're just two guys who have been blamed for this - now they're in shock, they're scared, they don't know what to do".

"From the very start we planned to go to London and, put bluntly, cut loose and have some fun", he said in the interview which was pre-recorded on Wednesday and broadcast on Thursday.

The next day they took the train to Salisbury, around 80 miles outside of London, but stayed less than two hours, a likely recon mission according to police.

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

On March 4, Skripal and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the town of Salisbury after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok.

"At 3pm on Friday, 2 March, the suspects arrived at Gatwick airport, having flown from Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2588".

During their interview with RT, the pair denied this, instead saying they were in the sports-nutrition business.

The most glaring issue with their story is that they have not been quizzed on why traces of Novichok were found in their hotel room.

They acknowledged they went to Salisbury twice. They returned the next day to see the sights. They may have approached Sergei Skripal's house by chance, but did not know where it was located, they said.

The poisoning on March 4 dragged Moscow's relations with London and other Western powers to a low point not seen since the Cold War.

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