Novichok suspects: We were in Salisbury as tourists

Sep 14, 2018, 19:15
Novichok suspects: We were in Salisbury as tourists

Britain last week charged two Russians in absentia, alleging they were agents of Russia's military intelligence agency who were dispatched to Salisbury to poison former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the nerve agent Novichok on March 4.

Speaking to RT editor-in-chief, Maragarita Simonyan both said they had been wrongly accused by the United Kingdom of attempted murder of the ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

"What were you doing there?" "It's famous for its 123-metre spire, it's famous for its clock, the first one ever created in the world, which is still working", said Boshirov.

"I would like to appeal to them so that they hear us today".

FILE PHOTO: Flowers are left at the cordon near the tent covering the park bench where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in Salisbury, Britain, March 19, 2018.

The British police believe the men to be officers of Russian military intelligence, GRU, who may have travelled on false passports to London from Moscow in March.

They have also commented on the British police's theory that they had brought a Nina Ricci perfume bottle full of the Novichok toxic nerve agent.

When asked to state where he works, Petrov demurred, saying, "If we tell you about our business, people we work with will be affected". "I don't know what to expect tomorrow", said Boshirov.

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 worldwide law.

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

"They are civilians", Putin said, adding there was nothing criminal about them.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said at the weekend that the pair are likely to stay in Russian Federation forever as they will be caught the moment they set foot outside.

Suspicions were also raised when it emerged they had been staying 127 miles away in an east London hotel and not one of the many hotels near Salisbury - despite visiting the city twice in three days, spending hours on trains.

Many referred to the idea that the pair had travelled all the way to Salisbury just to see its cathedral. Ten minutes later, another camera found them walking in the direction of Skripal's house - the opposite direction from the cathedral.

The interview "looks as though it was hurriedly thrown together in response to Putin's decision", said Mark Galeotti, senior researcher at the Prague-based Institute of International Relations and an expert on Russian security matters.

"Russia's position has remained unchanged and clear - we consider it unacceptable to link the Russian leadership or the Russian state to what happened in Salisbury", Peskov said. He expressed hope they would come forward and speak publicly.

"The whole situation is an incredible, fatal coincidence, and that's that", Petrov said.

British authorities earlier this month announced charges against two Russian nationals for the poisoning of the Skripals.

According to them, they are businessmen not linked with the GRU and have nothing to do with the Skripal case.

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