Spy poison case: Suspects say they were in UK as tourists

MOSCOW: The two Russian males charged in Britain with poisoning a former Russian undercover agent with a perilous nerve agent appeared on Russian television on Thursday, saying they visited the suspected crime scene as vacationers.

Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov made their first public look in an interview with the Kremlin-funded RT channel.

The males said they visited the southern English city of Salisbury in March, calling it a "wonderful town" and saying they sought after to see the famous Salisbury Cathedral.

"Our friends have been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town," Petrov said whilst Boshirov added that they sought after to see the Cathedral's famous spire and clock.

Britain last week charged Boshirov and Petrov in absentia, alleging they were brokers of Russia's military intelligence company referred to as the GRU who were dispatched to Salisbury to poison former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the nerve agent Novichok.

British police launched CCTV photos and pictures appearing the 2 males walking in Skripal's group on March 4, the day of the attack. Britain said the attack used to be nearly unquestionably approved "at a senior level of the Russian state," an allegation that Moscow has vehemently denied.

Replying to the interviewer's query why the pair went to Salisbury for 2 days in a row, Boshirov said that after they first were given to town it used to be snowy and so they were given rainy so that they decided to take the train again.

They said they are going to have handed through Skripal's space but they did not know him.


The males's marvel public look Thursday came an afternoon after Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russian government know the identities of the 2 males, but insisted that they're civilians and there's "nothing criminal" about them. He referred to as on them to touch the media.


Putin's claims were rejected Wednesday through James Slack, spokesman of British Prime Minister Theresa May, who referred to as the lads GRU officers "who used a devastatingly toxic illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country."


"We have repeatedly asked Russia to account for what happened in Salisbury in March and they have replied with obfuscation and lies," Slack said. "I have seen nothing to suggest that has changed."


Spy poison case: Suspects say they were in UK as tourists Spy poison case: Suspects say they were in UK as tourists Reviewed by kailash soni on September 14, 2018 Rating: 5
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