Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russia: UK's novichok interview allegations 'absurd'

Russia: UK's novichok interview allegations 'absurd'

Simonyan said the two men contacted her directly and that she had not looked for them personally.

They spoke to Russia Today in an interview slammed by the British government as "an insult to the public's intelligence". In the television interview, they denied they were GRU agents and claimed to work instead in the nutrient supplements business.

Russian Federation continues to deny the allegations with President Putin saying there was "nothing criminal" about the two men.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT's editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals' poisoning.

"Our friends had been suggesting for quite a long time that we visit this wonderful city", Petrov said in the interview.

They said they spent no more than an hour in the English city and left because of bad weather.

RT's interview with UK's suspects in the Skripal case has triggered a troll storm on TripAdvisor, as the page of the Salisbury Cathedral got raided by users posing as Russian agents. Boshirov added that the two wanted to see the "famous" cathedral's 132-meter spire and clock.

"We're afraid to go out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones", said Mr Boshirov. "But very odd to come all this way for just two days while carrying Novichok in their luggage".

The full unedited interview still hasn't been published online but the RT anchors addressed the obvious question of why these two men would approach RT, a cable network whose audience is primarily people outside of Russian Federation.

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March and they have replied with obfuscation and lies", Slack said.

Police believe Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley, had accidentally found the Novichok-laced perfume bottle, exposing them to the toxic nerve agent.

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Asked about his biggest professional mistake at an event in Washington DC last night he said: "When I became foreign secretary I thought there was no objective reason why we should be quite so hostile to Russian Federation".

"Well, we came there on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable".

The suspects contended that one photo released by British police was incorrect - a security still showing them at separate passport windows at the same time at Gatwick airport.

Documents uncovered by investigative journalists have provided the first public evidence that the suspects in the Salisbury novichok attack have formal ties to the Russian ministry of defence.

"One goes, the other waits". "So how did this happen?" We came to you for protection.

The two Russians entered the United Kingdom on an Aeroflot flight on March 2, departing March 4, according to the U.K.'s counter-terrorism police chief, Neil Basu.

Their detailed description of Salisbury's medieval cathedral and tall spire were part of the latest in a series of zigs, zags and twists from Russian Federation since Britain last week pointed the finger at the pair in the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

"Is it not silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?". "We didn't have it".

Russian hit men or tourists?

The Russians are accused of putting the nerve agent Novichok on the front door handle of former double agent Skripal in the poisoning attack on March 4. Britain views the latest developments as "more obfuscation and lies" from the Putin government.

The UK believes the two to be operatives of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.

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