Spy poison case: Suspects say they were in United Kingdom as tourists

Former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi turned his newfound fame into a political career

Former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi turned his newfound fame into a political career

The interview, given top coverage in Russian state media, did little to bolster internationally Moscow's case that it had nothing to do with the attacks.

"They are believed to have taken a similar route when they returned to London on the afternoon of Saturday, 3 March".

May rallied support from allies for coordinated expulsions of more than 150 Russian diplomats, prompting tit-for-tat retaliation from Moscow.

RT is Russia's state-run global broadcaster, and the pair were interviewed by its chief editor, Margarita Simonyan.

Boshirov: "You know, let's not breach anyone's privacy. We pick up the most necessary, come here and decide how to deliver the new products from this market here". You need to ask them. She'd poured them some brandy "for courage".

RT said the men sounded distressed and were sweating as they spoke.

In the interview, they claimed to be in the fitness industry and said friends had suggested they visit "wonderful" Salisbury and to go sightseeing around Wiltshire.

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.

In this file grab taken from CCTV and issued by the Metropolitan Police in London on September 5, 2018, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov walk on Fisherton Road, Salisbury, England, March 4, 2018.

Two Russians appeared on state television on Thursday, saying they had been wrongly accused by Britain of trying to murder a former Russian spy and his daughter in England and had been visiting Salisbury in March for tourism.

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He added that auto was "almost certainly stolen", with a source close to the inquiry saying it had Luxembourg license plates. A driver crashed through glass doors at Lyon global airport and sped on to the runway before being chased down by police.

Detectives believe it is likely the two Salisbury suspects, thought to be aged around 40, travelled under aliases and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.

The two Russians entered the United Kingdom on an Aeroflot flight on March 2, departing March 4, according to the U.K.'s counter-terrorism police chief, Neil Basu.

"Where there is a controversy, they have to not give undue prominence to a particular side, so where we in the United Kingdom are saying these people were officers of the Russian state and assisted by the Russian state, RT have effectively majorly focused on the Russian perspective to the story", said Emma Banister Dean, a partner at Royds Withy King. The victims recovered after treatment in the hospital.

That was when a former Russian double agent and his daughter were stricken by a military-grade nerve agent, Novichok, that almost killed them. "When your life is turned upside down in a moment?"

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

They said they were entrepreneurs but did not want to divulge details that could hurt their business which they said was linked to sports nutritional supplements.

"They have not done so so far", Singh said.

Britain accused Russian Federation of responding with "obfuscation and lies" after the RT interview was aired this morning. "It's quite hard to come up with a good story as an alternative". United Kingdom authorities blamed two former Russian agents, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun, for the murder.

The Russian government has denied involvement in the poisoning.

Now, the two men have appeared on Russian TV in an weird interview that included their denials - but also indirect questions about their sexual preferences, awkward stares and accounts of the weather in the quaint English town of Salisbury in early March 2017.

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