Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

‘No reason to believe MI6’ - Russian journalist REJECTS Skripal investigation evidence

‘No reason to believe MI6’ - Russian journalist REJECTS Skripal investigation evidence

The claims were made during an interview on Russian state-sponsored television channel RT yesterday, when Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov denied any connection to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal on March 4.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said any request from London to interview them would be considered in "strict accordance with the law" but so far the British had rejected any offer to co-operate in the investigation, the Tass news agency reported.

A UK government spokesperson said the United Kingdom is "clear" that Petrov and Boshirov are agents with Russian military intelligence and slammed the interview as "lies and blatant fabrications".

"CCTV shows them in the vicinity of Mr Skripal's house and we believe that they contaminated the front door with Novichok".

We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March. They denied the British claim that they were Russian military intelligence officers, saying they work in the nutritional supplements business.

They told state-controlled outlet RT News that they were in Salisbury, where Skripal and his daughter were poisoned, because their friends had recommended its "famous cathedral".

They say the pair arrived at Salisbury railway station at 11.48am. "What is our fault?"

Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh told a congressional hearing that Russian Federation has not yet accepted demands that it come clean about its production of the Novichok nerve agent used in the March 4 attempt to kill former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

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

Boshirov and Petrov said they visited the southern English city of Salisbury in March, calling it a "wonderful town" and saying they wanted to see the famous Salisbury Cathedral.

"There is nothing special and nothing criminal about it, I'm telling you".

The Kremlin dismissed as "absurd" London's claim that the interview contained lies. He laughed off as "silly" the idea that they would have carried a women's perfume bottle.

Yet despite their apparent desire to see Salisbury's sights they spent just two hours in the city, according to British police. "We're afraid to go out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones", said Mr Boshirov.

The reason their first visit to Salisbury was so brief was because they had been forced to cut it short due to snow, they said. He urged them to contact the media, and Petrov said he heard Putin's statement on the radio and contacted Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor-in-chief who conducted the interview.

"When your life turned upside down, you don't know what to do and where to go", Boshirov said.

"I think they're just two guys who have been blamed for this - now they're in shock, they're scared, they don't know what to do".

The two men were charged in absentia last week in the UK.

She said: "As a journalist and having worked as a reporter for over 20 years, I only believe what I see with my own eyes, and what I saw was that they look completely like the people in the video which was released by the British police".

Like this: