United Kingdom accuses Russian Federation of lies after Salisbury suspects claim to be tourists


"What were you doing there?"

"Our friends had been suggesting for quite a long time that we visit this wonderful city", Petrov said in the interview.

"They have a famous cathedral there", Boshirov said, adding: "It is famous for its 123-meter spire".

Asked what could persuade London of the pair's innocence, he responded: "I can't see anything which could really change the British government's attitude and its conviction that these two men were perpetrators, that they were the ones who brought Novichok into the country".

The accusation that they are part of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service, was "the scariest thing" about the incident, Petrov said, according to the translation by RT.

The claims were made during an interview on Russian state-sponsored television channel RT yesterday, when Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov denied any connection to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal on March 4.

Simonyan said the two men contacted her directly and that she had not looked for them personally.

As of 12:00AM AEST RT finally posted the entire interview, available on YouTube with English subtitles, however it appears that RT's video was removed less than three hours later.

The RT interview appeared to show that Russian Federation was not planning to deny the veracity of video evidence released by Scotland Yard, but to argue it had been misinterpreted.

When RT editor Margarita Simonyan asked the pair why they travelled together, implying they might be a gay couple, the men said their private lives were off limits to the media.

"Well, we came there on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable".

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The men denied having any poison or the counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle that United Kingdom police say was used to transport the weapons-grade nerve agent.

Asked about apparent inconsistencies in the two men's story, 44-year-old Muscovite Ivan Raspopov joked: "You know, Russian tourists often become rather odd in the West".

They said they had cut short their visit and returned home early without visiting Stonehenge because of the snow.

That was when a former Russian double agent and his daughter were stricken by a military-grade nerve agent, Novichok, that almost killed them.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, accused of carrying out a nerve agent attack on British soil, appear on the Kremlin-backed RT news network Wednesday.

They also confirmed that they had travelled to Europe before.

Petrov and Boshirov said they worked as entrepreneurs in the fitness and supplements industries, but business paper RBK said it had found no business registered under their two names in Russian Federation. British politicians immediately called the interview "not credible".

Questioned on whether the pair were civilians, Mr Putin replied: "Of course they are civilians". Two other people were affected and a woman, Dawn Sturgess, died in July after spraying herself with nerve agent after discovering the discarded bottle.

"Is it not silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?".

He claimed his life had been turned "upside down" and added: "We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones". We came to you for protection.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said the interview was "an insult to the public's intelligence" and "deeply offensive" to the victims of the attack.