Russians accused by United Kingdom 'victims of coincidence'

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2018

British police released CCTV footage and photographs showing the two men walking in Skripal's neighborhood on March 4, the day of the attack.

Britain has said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

They said they "got wet, took the nearest train and came back" to London.

They said they spent no more than an hour in the English city and left because of bad weather.

When asked by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan whether they also had a counterfeit bottle of designer perfume United Kingdom police said contained the nerve agent, Borishov said: "Isn't it silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?"

Britain said Boshirov and Petrov are military intelligence agents who were dispatched to Salisbury to poison former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the case.

Britain has said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of Russia's state-funded RT, wrote on social media that she had met and interviewed two men called Petrov and Boshirov yesterday evening.

When the interviewer asked them whether they had Novichok or any poison with them, they emphatically said no.

"We arrived in Salisbury on 3 March and tried to walk through the town, but we lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow", Mr Petrov said.

United Kingdom authorities believe the pair smeared the highly toxic chemical Novichok on a door handle at the Wiltshire home of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal, leaving Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia critically ill. They spent weeks in hospital before being discharged.

The two men described themselves workers in the fitness industry and said that they had been on a sightseeing trip to...

The duo surfaced a day after President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation had located Petrov and Boshirov, but that there was nothing special or criminal about them.

Putin appeared to suggest they should tell their story publicly.

Officers formally linked the attack on the Skripals to events in nearby Amesbury where Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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