United Kingdom slams 'deeply offensive' interview with Skripal poisoning suspects

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov

Modal Trigger Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov Metropolitan Police in London

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.

They said they had cut short their visit and returned home early without visiting Stonehenge because of the snow.

One senior security source said of the pair that the United Kingdom government "is clear they are GRU" (Russian foreign intelligence), and used a "devastatingly toxic" weapon on Britain's streets.

"They are civilians", Putin said late Wednesday, adding there was nothing criminal about them.

March 12, morning- Prime Minister Theresa May tells the House of Commons that the Skripals were poisoned with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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.

The UK believes the men are Russian military intelligence officers who tried to kill Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last March. They recovered after treatment in the hospital. Russian Federation has denied any involvement.

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Boshirov said his life had been turned "upside down", according to RT.

They claimed they were now victims and were in fear of their lives.

After the interview aired, the British government dismissed it as "obfuscation and lies", while the MP for Salisbury said the men's account was "not credible".

Sweating, nervous, thuggishly coiffed and wearing similar sweaters, this is what Petrov and Boshirov (not their real names, say the British) told Margarita Simonyan, the editor in chief of the propaganda channel RT (formerly Russia Today): Yes, they are the men in the videos and photographs produced by British police.

The two suspects portrayed themselves as businessmen who work in "sports nutrition" and often travel together around Europe, having once spent New Year's in Switzerland.

The men said that far from plotting to poison a turncoat spy with a deadly nerve agent, they were actually just in England to admire the Gothic architecture in the city of Salisbury. "This was not a rogue operation", she said.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for the two suspects, but British prosecutors say they will not ask Moscow to extradite Russian citizens because Russia's constitution forbids it.

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"The government is clear these men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service - the GRU - who used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country".

"On Sunday, 4 March, they made the same journey from the hotel, again using the underground from Bow to Waterloo station at approximately 8.05am, before continuing their journey by train to Salisbury".

In the men's first interview since they were named publicly they denied carrying women's perfume.

Meanwhile the National Crime Agency said it was "concerned" British accountants and lawyers working for Russian oligarchs were not flagging up enough suspicious transactions.

London believes that Putin personally sanctioned the attack.

The Russians are accused of putting the nerve agent Novichok on the front door handle of former double agent Skripal in the poisoning attack on March 4.

Lugovoi went on to become a member of parliament and a regular fixture on Russian state television.

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