Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Russians Accused of Poisoning Former Spy Appear on Russian TV

Attack The suspects believed to be travelling as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov Attack The suspects believed to be travelling as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov
Ebony Burgess | 14 September, 2018, 19:15

The two men accused of carrying out a nerve agent attack on a former spy on British soil broke their cover Thursday to deny their involvement in the fatal mission and claim they had no links to the Russian military intelligence service.

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.

"What were you doing there?"

Despite telling the programme they were merely tourists in Wiltshire and had visited to see the city's "123-metre spire", the pair took no photos of their trip, and no pictures have, of yet, surfaced. "Today, just as we have seen throughout, they have responded with obfuscation and lies", the spokesman said.

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.

Britain said the attack was nearly surely approved at a top level of the Russian government.

When asked by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan whether they had a counterfeit bottle of designer perfume, which the police said contained the nerve agent, Borishov replied: "Is it silly for decent lads to have women's perfume? You're not interrogating us".

"I have no doubt that Ofcom will look at it", said Mark Stephens, a senior member of the law firm Howard Kennedy, adding he expected the regulator would receive complaints about the interview.

When Vladimir Putin called on the two suspects in the Novichok poisoning attack to make themselves known to the media, it didn't take a genius to work out what would happen next.

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The two Russian men spun an unlikely tale of hapless tourists defeated by grim British weather: They traveled more than 1,000 miles to see England's famed Salisbury Cathedral but were turned back by slush and snow, then returned the next day and spent two hours exploring the "beautiful" city.

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March". Only this week, we heard an official statement from London, which said that they did not plan to employ the legal assistance mechanism and send any requests to Russian Federation.

They had been for lunch at a restaurant in central Salisbury on 4 March when they were found "in an extremely serious condition" on a bench outside the restaurant. They appear somewhat uncomfortable in the interview, in which they often sighed in frustration and repeatedly gave long stares. So they returned the next day.

Short clips from the interview with Petrov and Boshirov (the British government believes those are fake names) were aired on RT last night around 8:30PM AEST. "We were drenched up to our knees", Boshirov said.

They said they may have approached Skripal's house by chance but did not know where it was located.

The pair said that they had never dealt with the media before and if Putin had not urged them to speak out they would have recorded a video statement.

The British government has repeated its assertion that Russian authorities were lying about the poisoning of a Russian former spy in the English city of Salisbury.

They said that they had previously travelled to Europe for business and pleasure. "These are civilians", he said this week.

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