Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Skripal poisoning suspects claim they were in Salisbury AS TOURISTS (English)

Skripal poisoning suspects claim they were in Salisbury AS TOURISTS (English)

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".

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

They spent no more than an hour in Salisbury and returned to London after abandoning a plan to visit the Stonehenge monument because of "muddy slush" and snow in the city, Petrov said. It's famous for its 123-metre spire, it's famous for its clock, the first one [of its kind] ever created in the world, which is still working.

Ruslan Boshirov, left, and Alexander Petrov attend their first public appearance in an interview with the Kremlin-funded RT channel in Moscow, Russia, Thursday.

Britain released CCTV footage and photographs showing the two men walking in Skripal's neighborhood.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for the two suspects, but British prosecutors say they will not ask Moscow to extradite Russian citizens because Russia's constitution forbids it.

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

The pair said they may have approached the Skripal's house, but were not aware where it is located.

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THE prime suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have claimed they visited the United Kingdom as tourists.

London pointed a finger at Russian President Vladimir Putin as "ultimately responsible" for the crime.

The men also denied that they are, as British Prime Minister Theresa May asserted last week, agents of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service Skripal had betrayed.

"They demanded that only one camera run during the interview and refused to show their IDs", RT says of the interview carried out by Simonyan.

Petrov and Boshirov also denied they were military intelligence officers.

'Salisbury welcomes tourists from around the world and is very much open for business.

Yulia Skripal flew in to the United Kingdom from Russia on Saturday, 3 March to visit her father, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent who was living in Salisbury.

"When your life turned upside down, you don't know what to do and where to go", Boshirov said.

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They acknowledged they went to Salisbury twice.

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.

'Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies'.

Anti-terrorist police have made it clear they believe GRU agents had used aliases for their attack on Sergei Skripal, 67 and his daughter Yulia, 34.

"They have not done so so far", Singh said.

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

Concerning an article in the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph saying that during period of September 2016 - March 2018 the suspects made almost 30 trips to Europe, frequently to Geneva, both said they were studying the European market of bio-supplements and vitamins.

The two suspects portrayed themselves as businessmen who work in "sports nutrition" and often travel together around Europe, having once spent New Year's in Switzerland.

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