RT airs interview with Russians accused in United Kingdom poisoning

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The two Russian men who have been charged in Britain with poisoning a former Russian spy have appeared on Russian television saying they visited the suspected crime scene as tourists.

A still image taken from a video footage and released by RT global 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.

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.

"Our friends recommended a long time ago that we visit that wonderful city", the man identifying himself as Petrov told RT. 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.

The British government on Thursday issued a statement after the interview was released, reiterating their claim that Russian authorities were lying about the case. 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". "We got wet, took the nearest train and came back to London".

"From the very start we planned to go to London and, put bluntly, cut loose and have some fun", he said in the interview which was pre-recorded on Wednesday and broadcast on Thursday.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement.

Then she asked whether they had the Nina Ricci perfume bottle that had been shown as evidence. They may have approached Sergei Skripal's house by chance, but did not know where it was located, they said. They said they're partners in a business importing athletic food supplements from Europe.

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

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov confirmed they are the men accused of carrying out the attack in the interview with RT.

"We examine the market, look if there is something new - some biologically active additives, amino acids, vitamins, microelements", the two said.

The two men said they had visited England purely to see tourist sites such as Stonehenge.

Skripal - a former GRU colonel who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service - and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the English city of Salisbury in March.

The pair, who the United Kingdom suspect of being members of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, complained their lives had been "turned upside down" and RT said they sounded distressed during the interview.

They spent New Year's Eve in Switzerland and have been to Vienna, the pair said.

"When your life turned upside down, you don't know what to do and where to go", Boshirov said. But Vladimir Putin has denied that these men had anything to do with the poisoning and that they're in any way attached to the Kremlin.

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