Russians accused over Salisbury poisoning were in city 'as tourists'

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2018

'Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies'.

They spent no more than an hour in Salisbury and returned to London after abandoning a plan to visit the Stonehenge monument because of "muddy slush" and snow in the city, Petrov said. Prosecutors say Petrov and Boshirov work for Russian military intelligence, which President Vladimir Putin has denied. "Its famous Salisbury cathedral, famous for its 123m spire...the clock... the oldest of its kind that is still working".

Short clips from the interview with Petrov and Boshirov (the British government believes those are fake names) were aired on RT last night around 8:30PM AEST. But very unusual to come all this way for just two days while carrying novichok in their luggage.

The RT interview appeared to show that Russian Federation was not planning to deny the veracity of video evidence released by Scotland Yard, but to argue it had been misinterpreted.

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

"Ofcom looks at these cumulatively", Stephens said, "but there comes a point when there are so many breaches that they aren't regarded as a fit and proper person to carry a license".

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"Well, we came there on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable". While they acknowledged being the pair seen in images released by Scotland Yard, the men did not provide proof of their names. We went through the corridor together, we always [do it] together. "We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and the lives of our loved ones", Mr Boshirov said. "So how did this happen?" But we can tell you that based on the livestream the video was not unedited. "Maybe we did [approach] Skripal's house, but we don't know where is it located". The officials also allege that the pair are military intelligence agents who were sent to the United Kingdom to poison the Skripals with the nerve agent Novichok.

Asked about the bottle on Thursday, Boshirov said: "Is it silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?". He called on them to contact the media. "We didn't have it".

"We can not expect [Russian President] Vladimir Putin and his corrupt associates to change their behavior in Syria, Ukraine or anywhere else until we prove we will hold them to account", Royce said in opening testimony. When asked about recent trips to Switzerland they said that they were just looking for new innovations.

Boshirov and Petrov have been charged in absentia with carrying out the attack.

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

Skripal - a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service - and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in Salisbury in March. (Pictures from the day show the streets were clear.) On the second attempt - the day Novichok, a powerful nerve agent, was sprayed on Skripal's front door - they say they made it to the cathedral, even though they were photographed walking in the opposite direction.

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