Salisbury attack: We were just visiting the cathedral, say novichok suspects

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     TV SENSATION The Novichok attack suspects have been interviewed by Russia Today

DS TV SENSATION The Novichok attack suspects have been interviewed by Russia Today

"Delighted that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov were able to see the world-class attractions that #Salisbury has to offer".

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.

"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", one of the men said of the town of Salisbury in a short clip of the interview played by RT on September 13.

Britain last week charged Boshirov and Petrov in absentia, alleging they were agents of Russia's military intelligence agency known as the GRU who were dispatched to Salisbury, about 2 hours' drive southwest of London, to poison former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the nerve agent Novichok.

After the Skripals were poisoned, Britain and more than two dozen other countries expelled a total of 150 Russians who were allegedly spies working under diplomatic cover. The pair were also picked up by CCTV footage in the vicinity of the Skripal house on the day of the attack, March 4, which is in the opposite direction of the cathedral from the train station. Britain said the attack was nearly certainly approved "at a senior level of the Russian state", an allegation that Moscow has vehemently denied.

They denied having any Novichok, a deadly Soviet-developed nerve agent, in their possession.

"It was an incredible, fatal coincidence". "What is our fault?"

"We can not go out, we fear for ourselves, for our lives, and for the lives or our loved ones and the people who know us", Boshirov added.

Asked whether they had recently been to any European state, the two said they had. "We didn't have it", Boshirov told RT.

In the men's first interview since they were named publicly they denied carrying women's perfume. "We didn't have it".

On September 5, UK Prime Minister Theresa May briefed the British parliament on the progress of the investigation into the Salisbury incident, saying that two Russians were suspected of an attempt on the lives of the Skripals and that British intelligence suspected they were GRU agents.

Speaking at an economic forum in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, Mr Putin denied British allegations that they work for the GRU military intelligence service, insisting that they were in fact "civilians".

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March. Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies", the Foreign Office said in a statement.

"I do hope that the affair will be finally resolved and the British side will eventually apologize for this commotion and will identify those really involved in the Skripal affair", Boshirov said.

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

Petrov and Boshirov spoke at length at how depressed and scared they have been after they found themselves in the spotlight, saying that the publicity has made their lives "a nightmare".

They said they felt they deserved an apology from the real perpetrators of the poisoning, if they were ever found. He called on them to contact the media.

The pair were interviewed by Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor-in-chief.

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