Suspect Indeed: Odd Moments From RT's Interview With The Novichok 'Lads'

Putin MOCKS Britain over Novichok 2: 'We've FOUND THEM – they are civilians'

Two Russian men accused by the United Kingdom of attempting to murder a former Russian double agent and his daughter have claimed they were in the country as tourists.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told the state-backed RT station that they were visiting the United Kingdom in March when they went on a brief sightseeing jaunt to Salisbury, according to The Daily Mail.

The two men confirmed that they were the men pictured travelling to and from Salisbury in images published by Britain's Metropolitan Police.

"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", Petrov added. "Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies", the Foreign Office said in a statement.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement to the House of Commons last week that the Russian nationals were wanted for the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and attending police officer Nick Bailey on March 4.

Their first public appearance, a September 12 interview with the Kremlin-funded RT channel, contained a few head-scratchers.

Replying to the interviewer's question why the pair went to Salisbury for two days in a row, Boshirov said that when they first got to the town it was snowy and they got wet "up to the knee" so they made a decision to take the train back the following day.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the case. The officials also allege that the pair are military intelligence agents who were sent to the United Kingdom to poison the Skripals with the nerve agent Novichok.

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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.

The journey was part of their holiday, they said, though they had also been in Europe to do business related to sports nutrition.

He tweeted that he was "delighted" the men were able to visit Salisbury's "world-class attractions", but said it was "very unusual to come all this way for just two days while carrying Novichok in their luggage". "All footage features you two together", she told them.

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Asked about the interview, a British government spokeswoman said: "The government is clear these men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service - the GRU - who used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country".

Mr Skripal is a former GRU agent who secretly spied for Britain before being pardoned by the Kremlin and exchanged with among others - glamour agent Anna Chapman.

The men are civilians and "we know who they are", Putin told an economic forum in Vladivostok on Wednesday in his first comments on the United Kingdom allegations. Boshirov also called on the United Kingdom to apologize for the allegations, claiming their lives had been "turned upside down".

Boshirov said the two men were innocent and had not carried the Novichok nerve agent used in the attack. At the airport, we always go down one corridor.

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