Russian Suspects In Skripal Case Say They Visited Salisbury To See Cathedral

Russian Suspects In Skripal Case Say They Visited Salisbury To See Cathedral

The two Russian men spun an unlikely tale of hapless tourists defeated by grim British weather: They traveled more than 1,000 miles to see England's famed Salisbury Cathedral but were turned back by slush and snow, then returned the next day and spent two hours exploring the "beautiful" city.

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

"Salisbury?" their interviewer asked.

"We are looking at this November deadline absolutely, we plan to impose a very severe second round of sanctions", she said.

"Yes, there's the famous Salisbury cathedral, famous not only in Europe, but in the whole world. They're a normal pair who just got into trouble, I'm sure they feel pretty bad now", said Leonid, a 58-year-old entrepreneur.

Asked about apparent inconsistencies in the two men's story, 44-year-old Muscovite Ivan Raspopov joked: "You know, Russian tourists often become rather odd in the West".

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were accused by Britain last week of trying to kill Sergei Skripal, gave an interview to Russian state television which aired on Thursday.

The Trump administration move to expel dozens of Russian diplomats after Britain publicly accused Moscow of being behind the Skripal poisoning.

Instead, it raised questions about whether the two men are gay.

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The two Russian men, who say they are both about 40, were identified last week as suspects by the British government.

Britain said the attack was nearly certainly approved "at a senior level of the Russian state", an allegation that Moscow has vehemently denied. "I mean people who often work undercover, including the intelligence services".

They spoke to Russia Today in an interview slammed by the British government as "an insult to the public's intelligence".

Police say the first visit was to stake out the town and the second to poison the Skripals.

A British couple, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, came into contact with the same nerve agent in a town near Salisbury months later. Police believe the perfume bottle had been specially adapted to carry the poison.

She added: "I tried to call them on the phone on which they called me but it has been out of coverage". While they acknowledged being the pair seen in images released by Scotland Yard, the men did not provide proof of their names.

An except of the full interview was shown on RT News on Thursday morning, and an additional transcript can be seen here. "All footage features you two together", she told them.

When asked if British investigators could visit Russian Federation to question Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom London suspects of being involved in the Salisbury incident, Peskov said that there was a legal assistance mechanism based on bilateral agreements and worldwide law.

On March 4, Skripal and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in Salisbury after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. The two Russians entered the United Kingdom on an Aeroflot flight on March 2, departing March 4. According to them, they are businessmen not linked with the GRU and have nothing to do with the Skripal case.

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