Russian Poisoning Suspects: We Were Just Tourists

Russians accused by UK 'victims of coincidence'

Britain said the attack was nearly certainly approved "at a senior level of the Russian state", an allegation that Moscow has vehemently denied.

"Salisbury?" their interviewer asked.

"This is not an interrogation", Boshirov said.

He added he was delighted that the Russians were able to see "the world class attractions Salisbury has to offer".

One senior security source said of the pair that the United Kingdom government "is clear they are GRU" (Russian foreign intelligence), and used a "devastatingly toxic" weapon on Britain's streets.

He is a retired military intelligence colonel who was jailed for 13 years in 2006 for passing the identities of Russian agents working in Europe to the UK.

The Russian government has denied involvement in the poisoning.

He bristled when Simonyan asked why the two men spent so much time together. British intelligence services say the names are likely aliases, used for a mission in which they failed to kill Skripal.

Theresa May, however, said the men were agents of Russia's foreign military intelligence agency, the GRU, and their actions were "almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state".

The New York Times reported Thursday that Russian intelligence agencies have in recent years identified and located multiple Russians who were CIA informants and now live in the us under a secret agency program.

"In short, it's the fitness industry, it is about sports nutrition, vitamins, proteins, microelements", the men explained.

"When your life [is] turned upside down, you don't know what to do and where to go".

British officials decried the interview, calling it "risible".

Skripal, his daughter, and a police officer were left gravely ill by exposure to Novichok in March. Police believe the perfume bottle had been specially adapted to carry the poison.

The channel posted a 25-minute clip of the video in Russian on its website and said it plans to air more from the interview later.

Wearing sweaters and appearing uncomfortable with the questioning, the two men claimed that they travelled as tourists to Salisbury and explained that they made two trips to Salisbury after bad weather hampered their first day trip.

John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire, dismissed the statements from Petrov and Boshirov as "not credible".

British police used surveillance camera footage from airports, transit stations, and elsewhere to outline the pair's movements. "Maybe we did [approach] Skripal's house, but we don't know where is it located".

London believes that Putin personally sanctioned the attack.

"They then travelled on London public transport to Waterloo station and were in the area between approximately 6pm and 7pm".

The Russian journalist nevertheless failed to expand on Ms Wark's question as to why traces of Novichok were discovered within the suspects' east London hotel room. The next day they told Russian TV that they visited Salisbury to look at its famous 123m spire, and to visit Stonehenge. So they returned to London after an hour.

The took the same journey again Sunday.

The pair's claims have not only been rubbished by Downing Street, but have also sparked comedy responses across social media as people mock their so-called explanation.

Sergei Skripal attending a hearing at the Moscow military district court in Russian Federation on August 9, 2006.

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