Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Skripal poisoning suspects say they were tourists in UK

Novichok suspects. Pic Russia Today Image Novichok suspects
Freda Brock | 13 September, 2018, 20:26

The two Russian men charged in Britain with poisoning a former Russian spy with a deadly nerve agent appeared on Russian television on Thursday, saying they visited the suspected crime scene as tourists.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told Russian state-funded news channel RT they travelled twice to the "wonderful" city in Wiltshire to see "Salisbury cathedral, famous for its 123-metre spire", Stonehenge and Old Sarum after recommendations from friends.

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

They are accused by the United Kingdom of trying to kill Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

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 U.S., France, Canada and Germany said they had "full confidence" in the U.K.'s assessment that the two suspects were Russian agents and that the operation "was with the greatest probability approved at high levels of the government".

They said they wanted to go to Stonehenge but were prevented from doing so because there was "muddy slush everywhere" so they got wet and went back to London an hour after arriving, as there was an intermittent weekend train service.

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They said they may have approached Skripal's house by chance but did not know where it was located.

A government spokesman 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. They had stayed less than hour in Salisbury, they said, because of bad weather.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the incidents. "Let them come out somewhere, to you in the media", he said, describing the men as "civilians". "We'll see in the near future".

"We came there on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable", Petrov said, according to RT's translation of the interview. "There is nothing unusual or criminal there, I assure you".

He expressed hope they would come forward and speak publicly.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for the two suspects, but British prosecutors say they will not ask Moscow to extradite Russian citizens because Russia's constitution forbids it.

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". Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor-in-chief, who conducted the interview, said on Twitter that "their answers are their responsibility" and it's up to viewers to decide whether to believe the men, who were "extremely nervous and sweating". Boshirov said. He went on to claim that if they had such an item in their luggage, it would have been hard to get past airport customs agents without arousing suspicion. A Russian firm selling airline tickets is now advertising trips to Salisbury, saying the town's cathedral is a sight worth traveling all the way from Moscow to see.

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