Nerve agent suspects: We were in Salisbury as tourists

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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.

When Simonyan seemed to express some surprise at this characterization of an English city that is not well-known overseas, Boshirov answered simply "Yes".

Both men looked composed during the interview, and confidently recited details about Salisbury's tourist attractions, including the height of the cathedral's spire.

Boshirov asked, addressing the allegations that the two had carried a Soviet-produced nerve agent allegedly used in the Skripal poisonings in a Nina Ricci perfume box, and smeared some of the contents on the front door of Sergei Skripal's Salisbury home. They were, they insisted, involved in the import of supplements and other items of interest to sports nutritionists.

They confirmed they are the two men shown in CCTV pictures issued by the Metropolitan Police, saying they own the clothes they were pictured in and even bought their shoes in England. But Vladimir Putin has denied that these men had anything to do with the poisoning and that they're in any way attached to the Kremlin.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are our real names. He called on them to contact the media.

A British government minister, who represents Salisbury, said on Twitter that the statements were not credible.

The pair spent no more than an hour in Salisbury because of the train times, Boshirov added.

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"We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and tried to walk through the town, but we lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow". They were also pictured visiting the city a day earlier.

The pair, who the United Kingdom suspect of being members of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, complained their lives had been "turned upside down" and RT said they sounded distressed during the interview.

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 "up to the knee" so they made a decision to take the train back the following day.

They told state-controlled outlet RT News that they were in Salisbury, where Skripal and his daughter were poisoned, because their friends had recommended its "famous cathedral".

"Well, we came there [to the UK] on 2 March, then went to a railway station to see the timetable".

In the RT interview, the two men said they're not Russian agents, describing themselves as "second-tier businessmen" in the fitness industry.

British security services had named the men as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, but believed they were aliases. "We didn't have it", Mr Boshirov said. We know who they are, we have found them already.

United Kingdom prosecutors have said they have "sufficient evidence" to charge the pair but did not formally demand their extradition, as Russian Federation does not extradite its citizens. At the airport, we always go down one corridor.

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