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A screengrab taken on September 13, 2018, from footage broadcast by Russia's state broadcaster Russia Today (RT), shows two men, purported to be Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov taking part in a television interview.
They left after no more than an hour because of poor weather and heavy snow, but returned to the city the next day - March 4, the day of the attack.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that the two men had been identified as the prime suspects and it is clear they are GRU officers who "used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapons on the streets of our country".
And British journalists have been mocking the story on Twitter, highlighting the improbability of the pair's itinerary and route if they were truly tourists.
The men claiming to be Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, suspected of the attack on double agent Sergei Skripal in the southern United Kingdom city of Salisbury, denied any wrongdoing at their television debuton RT on Thursday. They denied the allegation and Russian Federation refused to extradite them.
"This suggests the two names were likely cover identities for operatives of one of the Russian security services".
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov confirmed they are the men accused of carrying out the attack in the interview with RT Thursday. "But the Petrov/Borishov statements are not credible and don't match the widely accepted intelligence we have on these individuals". "To cut a long story short, we are in the fitness industry".
"When your life is turned upside down in a moment?" British politicians immediately called the interview "not credible".
British investigators say the poison was transported in a fake Nina Ricci perfume bottle and sprayed onto the handle of Skripal's door.
Crucially, at least one man's passport files contain various "topsecret" markings, which, according to at least two sources consulted by Bellingcat, are typically reserved for members of secret services or top state operatives.
Simonyan asked the men during the exchange whether they are GRU officers. You spent time together, you lived together, you went for a walk together. They also said that their visit, at the time of the attack, was "an incredible, fatal coincidence".
They said they may have approached Sergei Skripal's house by chance but did not know where it was located. She did her lukewarm best to make it seem completely normal to fly to Britain from Moscow, stay in distant east London, leave traces of deadly poison in the hotel room, travel across town not once but twice to get the train to Salisbury, west of London - and then to high-tail it straight back home from Gatwick Airport. They then made a decision to return the next day.
"We assess that this trip was for reconnaissance of the Salisbury area and do not believe that there was any risk to the public from their movements on this day". You'll have to ask the English why show us with the same timestamp.
Boshirov did not react to the interviewer's request to show the pictures they took on that trip, only saying that he found Salisbury Cathedral "very handsome". They got a flight back to Russian Federation later that evening.