Kremlin to consider British interview of Salisbury poisoning suspects

Kremlin to consider British interview of Salisbury poisoning suspects

Published by Ellie Harries at 11:31am 14th September 2018. (Updated at 12:48pm 14th September 2018)

The Russian government have said Britain need to make a request to interview the men suspected of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and they'll consider whether to allow it.

The Kremlin have also said it is absurd to accuse Russia of lying about the two men accused of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury.

Commentators have expressed incredulity after Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told the Kremin-funded TV channel Russia Today (RT) that they were in Salisbury on 3 March as tourists to visit the cathedral and nearby Stonehenge.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said any request would be looked at "in strict accordance with Russian law", while denying any Russian involvement in the poisonings.

Britain has charged Petrov and Boshirov with attempting to murder Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia by spraying the nerve agent novichok on his door.

 

The two men have suggested they are the victims of a "fantastical coincidence" and would like an apology from the real poisoners.

Salisbury Spy Suspects Fisherton Street
The suspects were seen in and around Salisbury in March

British intelligence found the novichok was stored in a fake Nina Ricci perfume bottle, but the two suspects said that would be a ridiculous way for them to transport poison, which they denied having, as it would be "silly for decent lads" to have women's perfume.

Downing Street has rubbished claims that they simply wanted to see the sights of Wiltshire, describing them as "lies".

Theresa May's spokesman said the suspects' comments were "an insult" and "deeply offensive".

"The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station are an insult to the public's intelligence," he said.

"More importantly, they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack."

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the two men had been identified by the Kremlin and insisted they were civilians and "not criminals".

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