Novichok Suspects: We Only Went To Salisbury To See The Cathedral

Sergio Conner
September 13, 2018

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.

Replying to the interviewer's question why the pair went to Salisbury for two days in a row, Boshirov said that when they first got to the town it was snowy and they got wet so they made a decision to take the train back.

The second suspect, Ruslan Boshirov, said: "We spent no more than an hour in Salisbury, mainly because of the lags between trains".

Asked by Simonyan whether they had the perfume bottle that had been shown as evidence by United Kingdom authorities, Boshirov said: "Is it silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?"

"Maybe we did [approach] Skripal's house, but we don't know where is it located", one of the two men claimed.

FILE PHOTO: Flowers are left at the cordon near the tent covering the park bench where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in Salisbury, Britain, March 19, 2018.

"I didn't know anything about them", Mr Borishov said.

The two men said they did not work for GRU, were ordinary businessmen, and were the victims of what they called "a fantastical coincidence".

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Calling the poisoning a "sickening and despicable" attack, Javid said it was "unequivocally, crystal-clear this was the act of the Russian state - two Russian nationals sent to Britain with the sole goal of carrying out a reckless assassination attempt".

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

They said they felt they deserved an apology from the real perpetrators of the poisoning, if they were ever found. "Let them come out somewhere, to you in the media", he said, describing the men as "civilians".

A Foreign Office spokesman said that the two men had been identified as the prime suspects and it is clear they are GRU officers who "used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapons on the streets of our country". Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the case.

"We didn't have it", Boshirov said.

Asked whether they had recently been to any European state, the two said they had.

The journey was part of their holiday, they said, though they had also been in Europe to do business related to sports nutrition. "We didn't have it", Mr Boshirov said.

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