Kremlin slams London’s reaction to interview with Skripal case suspects as ‘absurd’

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But two Russian men, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, are defending themselves on Russian state TV, saying they visited England in March strictly as tourists.

She also said they had agreed to send photos taken during their visit to Salisbury but their phone no longer appeared to be in use.

They say the goal of the men's visit to Salisbury on 3 March was reconnaissance, and on 4 March they returned to apply Novichok to the Skripals' front door. "We return to London frightened by a few flurries of snow that we never see in Moscow and then immediately we leave for Moscow where it is much warmer in March". The men denied having any poison or the counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle that United Kingdom police say was used to transport the weapons-grade nerve agent.

The British government has repeated its assertion that Russian authorities were lying about the poisoning of a Russian former spy in the English city of Salisbury.

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May rejected Putin's statement. "We were just taking in the English gothic", Boshirov said.

In their sole interview last week, two men who resembled the suspects told Russian state-sponsored television that they had visited Salisbury twice but denied they worked for Russian military intelligence, known as the GRU, or had committed any crime.

They spent New Year's Eve in Switzerland and have been to Vienna, the pair said. A woman later died after coming in contact with the nerve agent.

The Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the Novichok attack and have floated numerous conspiracy theories about who the "real" perpetrators might be.

"Do you know where Skripal's house is?" asked Boshirov.

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

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He said only a comedian would be able to properly evaluate the interview.

Walters also highlighted that the weather conditions apparently did not deter the two from walking an even greater distance to the Srkipal home, which they said in the interview that they might have approached.

"At 3pm on Friday, 2 March, the suspects arrived at Gatwick airport, having flown from Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2588". "This was not a rogue operation", she said.

British security services had named the two men as main suspects in the case.

British authorities have charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with conspiracy to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. We don't know who actually poisoned the Skripals.

"There is nothing special and nothing criminal about it, I'm telling you".

"We are looking at this November deadline absolutely, we plan to impose a very severe second round of sanctions", she said.

The former Russian spy and his daughter were found collapsed on 4 March; the police officer fell ill after trying to help them.

Social media users in Russian Federation and Britain were scathing of the claims.

Lugovoi went on to become a member of parliament and a regular fixture on Russian state television. In 2017, the USA imposed sanctions on him for his role in the case.

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