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Two Russians deny involvement in UK Novichok poisoning: 'We went there to see Stonehenge'

British prosecutors last week confirmed the identity of two Russians and said that they were operating under aliases- Alexander Petrov and Rulsan Boshirov.

Just a day after President Vladimir Putin urged them to come forward, the two Russians the United Kingdom accuses of carrying out a nerve-agent attack on a former spy denied the charges in an interview with RT state television.

The two Russians who appeared on state television said they had been wrongly accused of trying to murder the Skripals and said they had visited Salisbury in March for tourism.

"Our friends have been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", Petrov said, while Boshirov added that they specifically wanted to see the Cathedral's famous spire and clock.

British Prime Minister Theresa May last week said the attack was "almost certainly" approved "at a senior level of the Russian state".

Suspects in the poisoning of ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal, Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov claimed that they are businessmen and do not work for GRU. "We'll see soon enough", he said.

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of Russia's state-funded RT television channel, earlier wrote on social media that she had met and interviewed two men called Petrov and Boshirov.

RT's Simonyan noted during the interview that the United Kingdom authorities have accused the men of being members of Russian military intelligence.

"They explained everything simply and clearly yesterday, why they went there, what they were doing there, what the weather was like", he said.

"On Saturday, 3 March, they left the hotel and took the underground to Waterloo station, arriving at approximately 11.45am, where they caught a train to Salisbury, arriving at approximately 2.25pm".

Two Russians deny involvement in UK Novichok poisoning: 'We went there to see Stonehenge'

The source said that after registering at the hotel City Stay Hotel in London Bashirov and Petrov could meet this doctor and another assistant, working at the Russian Embassy.

They claimed they did not know who Skripal was and they did not know where he lived.

In the RT interview the men said they had both been in Salisbury and were the people identified in the security stills.

In their first interview since being named as suspects by the British government they said they were victims of a "fantastical coincidence" and would like an apology from the real poisoners.

He said: 'I could smell weed from their room, it was by the door and in the corridor, it was unmistakable.

The duo surfaced a day after President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation had located Petrov and Boshirov, but that there was nothing special or criminal about them. They denied that they carried a bottle of women's perfume where British authorities found traces of Novichok.

Mr Skripal and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in Salisbury in March. "I hope they will come forward and tell about themselves".

"We were just taking in the English gothic [style]", Boshirov said.

According to the Russians, they do not know where is the house of the Skripals in Salisbury, so, possible, they passed by it.

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