Skripal suspects in the United Kingdom as 'tourists'

16 September, 2018, 06:44 | Author: Myra Gill
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     NOVICHOK DENIAL Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov claimed they're'not Russian agents

Police said that they believed the names were aliases - but the two men insisted they were their real names and denied they were intelligence operatives.

"We went to Salisbury on the 3rd [of March]", said Petrov.

When asked by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan whether they had a counterfeit bottle of designer perfume, which the police said contained the nerve agent, Borishov replied: "Is it silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?"

"We, of course, checked who these people are", said Putin.

"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", Petrov said of Salisbury.

"I wanted to visit the WorldWide famous town of Salisbury since I was a boy".

TripAdvisor has temporarily blocked reviews for Salisbury Cathedral because of the number of "fake" reviews being left following the Salisbury Novichok suspects interview. It's famous for its 123 metre-spire. "The one, the first ever created in the world that's still working", Boshirov said.

March 12, afternoon - Public Health England ask everyone who visited Salisbury town centre on the day of the attack to wash all of their clothes and belongings. Russian Federation kicked out a similar number of those countries' diplomatic envoys.

The Kremlin reportedly intensified its efforts to find Russians cooperating with foreign intelligence agencies after relations with the West deteriorated following Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. The police have set out very clearly the evidence against these two men.

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

A still image taken from a video footage and released by RT worldwide news channel on September 13, 2018, shows two Russian men with the same names, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as those accused by Britain over the case of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, during an interview at an unidentified location, Russia.

Mr Boshirov said: "The customs are checking everything, they would have questions as to why men have women's perfume in their luggage". The next day, we went back to London so we could at least do some sightseeing. This time, it wasn't a business trip.

British authorities have charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with conspiracy to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.

The pair said they may have approached the Skripal's house, but were not aware where it is located.

A handout picture taken at Salisbury train station in Salisbury, west of London on March 3, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov. They then chose to return the next day.

Britain has criticised a television interview with two Russians resembling men accused of trying to murder a former spy, saying it was "an insult to the public's intelligence" and "deeply offensive".

The pair said that they had never dealt with the media before and if Putin had not urged them to speak out they would have recorded a video statement.

March 26 - The United States and 22 other countries join Britain in expelling scores of Russian spies from capitals across the globe.



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