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US News Russia: UK's novichok interview allegations 'absurd'

15:00  14 september  2018
15:00  14 september  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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It is absurd to accuse Russia of lying about the two men accused of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury, the Kremlin has said. 

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

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  Novichok 'could have killed 4,000': Russia is accused of 'playing dice' with lives of Britons as security officials say perfume bottle had enough nerve agent to cause 'significant loss of life' A security official said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (pictured), who are accused of carrying out the Salisbury attack, had brought enough Novichok to cause mass casualties.A security official said the two Russian agents accused of carrying out the Salisbury attack had brought enough Novichok to cause 'significant loss of life'.

The Kremlin added that it would consider a British request to interview the two men, but had not received one.

Mr Boshirov (left) and Mr Petrov were named as suspects by the UK © Other Mr Boshirov (left) and Mr Petrov were named as suspects by the UK 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 in the Wiltshire city.

Novichok suspects. Pic: Russia Today © Other Novichok suspects. Pic: Russia Today The two men have suggested they are the victims of a "fantastical coincidence" and would like an apology from the real poisoners.

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.

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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".

Salisbury Novichok suspects ‘were detained in Netherlands earlier this year’ .
Dutch authorities are yet to comment on the findings of an investigative group.Bellingcat quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and released without being charged.

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