Novichok Suspects: We Only Went To Salisbury To See The Cathedral

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Just a day after President Vladimir Putin urged them to come forward, the two Russians the United Kingdom accuses of carrying out a nerve-agent attack on a former spy denied the charges in an interview with RT state television.

The men traveled on Russian passports and probably used fake names, the authorities said.

Britain is accusing Russian Federation of "lies and blatant fabrications" after the prime suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack claimed they visited the United Kingdom as tourists.

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

It would hardly be the first time Russian propaganda outlets have weaponised sexuality for disinformation campaigns.

The men confirmed they visited Salisbury twice, on March 3 and 4.

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

When the men identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov visited Salisbury in March, the city was in the snowy grip of the harshest winter to hit England in years.

Two men accused by London of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal denied being involved with the murder attempt in a freakish Russian media interview on Thursday that Britain dismissed as "an insult to the public's intelligence". "What is our fault?"

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In the freaky 25-minute interview, the pair denied all knowledge of the plot and insisted they were just two men going on holiday to see the 123m steeple at Salisbury Cathedral.

The nerve agent was in a perfume bottle that Rowley found in a charity bin and gave to Sturgess, police said.

British authorities charge two Russian men with attempted murder over the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter.

Surveillance camera footage of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the two suspects in the Skripal attack, at Salisbury train station the day before Skripal collapsed.

Mr Skripal, a Russian military intelligence officer turned double agent for Britain, and his visiting daughter fell ill March 4 from what Britain says was a Soviet-developed nerve agent; an investigating police officer also was hospitalized for about three weeks. They recovered after treatment in the hospital. They said they felt they deserved an apology from the real perpetrators of the poisoning, if they were ever found.

"We're afraid to go out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones", said Mr Boshirov.

"We examine the market, look if there is something new - some biologically active additives, amino acids, vitamins, microelements", the two said.

The RT's editor in chief posted on social media that she met and had interviewed both men Wednesday night, and that interview airs Thursday on RT. They said they may have approached Sergei Skripal's house by chance but did not know where it was located.

She said the new sanctions will include banking sanctions, a broader ban on Russian procurement of defense articles, and a block on any foreign aid. Boshirov said. "The customs are checking everything, they would have questions as to why men have women's perfume in their luggage".

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