Russians Accused in Skripal Poisoning Tell RT They Were in UK For Sightseeing


Two Russians accused of the nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal in the U.K. spoke out in their first interview to… Kremlin owned network RT!

The men, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, told RT that they made the trek from Moscow for a three day visit to the British town of Salisbury last March for the purpose of sightseeing — and not, as the U.K. government alleges, to poison Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Speaking with RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, the two confirmed they were the men being shown in CCTV footage by British authorities.

“What were you doing there?” Simonyan asked.

“Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town,” Petrov replied. Boshirov explained that the sights in the town include “the famous Salisbury Cathedral,” which he said is “famous for its 123 meter spire.”

The two added that they had planned to visit London on their trip, but a snowstorm hindered their plans.

Later in the interview, the pair of men denied allegations they work for the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service, instead claiming they work in the “fitness industry.”

Watch above, via RT.

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