United Kingdom repeats assertion that Russian Federation is lying

Novichok suspects. Pic Russia Today

Novichok suspects. Pic Russia Today

The men, who appeared to be about 40, claimed they did not know who Skripal was or where he lived.

The source said: "It's believed they could have met a handler who was working at the embassy and a fourth, the medic, might have had oversight of the whole thing to make sure they didn't risk ruining the operation by getting themselves contaminated".

United Kingdom prosecutors say they have obtained a European arrest warrant for two Russians, identified as Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov (L), blamed for the Salisbury attack.

"Our friends had been suggesting for quite a long time that we visit this wonderful city", Petrov said in the interview.

"Salisbury?" their interviewer asked.

In an address to the Easter Economic Forum in Vladivostok, he said: "Of course, we looked who these people are".

Boshirov did not react to the interviewer's request to show the pictures they took on that trip, only saying that he found Salisbury Cathedral "very handsome".

The two men were widely ridiculed after they claimed they had been to Salisbury to visit the city's cathedral, "famous for its 123-metre spire". When asked about recent trips to Switzerland they said that they were just looking for new innovations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the men had been discounted as members of his security network.

And British journalists have been mocking the story on Twitter, highlighting the improbability of the pair's itinerary and route if they were truly tourists.

The British police released CCTV images last week showing two men in their forties, who they say used the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov to enter the country, traveling to and from Salisbury on the weekend in March that Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned.

The Trump administration move to expel dozens of Russian diplomats after Britain publicly accused Moscow of being behind the Skripal poisoning.

RT did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "But the Petrov/Borishov statements are not credible and don't match the widely accepted intelligence we have on these individuals".

The weather was better the next day, when the two were caught on camera at the Salisbury rail station at 11:48 a.m.

"We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones", Boshirov said. British politicians immediately called the interview "not credible". Sturgess later died after applying what she believed was perfume.

In this video grab provided by the RT channel, Ruslan Boshirov, left, and Alexander Petrov attend their first public appearance in an interview with the Kremlin-funded RT channel in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13.

But instead of heading in the direction of the cathedral, they went the other way and were captured 10 minutes later near a Shell petrol garage on Wilton Road.

They travelled to and from Salisbury on the weekend in March that Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned.

"The only thing I can agree with them on is that Salisbury is a fantastic place, and I will be doing all I can with business leaders to promote tourism next year and beyond".

In a translation from Russian, the broadcaster quoted Petrov as saying: 'Well, we came there on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable.

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