The Skripal suspects' walk through Salisbury

Novichok suspects. Pic Russia Today

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May says the two men are Russian intelligence officers, claims which they and the Russian government has denied.

They claimed they did not know who Skripal was and they did not know where he lived. Only this week, we heard an official statement from London, which said that they did not plan to employ the legal assistance mechanism and send any requests to Russian Federation.

In the interview, they claimed to be in the fitness industry and said friends had suggested they visit "wonderful" Salisbury and to go sightseeing around Wiltshire.

"Salisbury?" their interviewer asked.

"We walked around, enjoying those attractive English Gothic buildings", Boshirov said. This time, they apparently managed to see the famous Salisbury cathedral.

"It's famous for its 123-metre spire, it's famous for its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that's still working".

Asked whether they had recently been to any European state, the two said they had.

Russian Federation continues to deny the allegations with President Putin saying there was "nothing criminal" about the two men.

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 Russian government has denied involvement in the poisoning.

RT did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

British security services had named the men as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, but believed they were aliases.

Moscow has refused to extradite the two men Britain suspects of killing Litvinenko, and one of them, Andrei Lugovoi, went on to become a Russian lawmaker. We don't work for military intelligence.

Boshirov said his life had been turned "upside down", according to RT.

The Skripals survived being poisoned but a local man, Charlie Rowley, picked up a fake perfume bottle containing Novichok weeks later, British investigators have said.

Simonyan said the men had contacted her on her cellphone.

A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry rejected the report, writing in a post that she believed Bellingcat had ties to western intelligence, noting the group's access to a Russian database that is not publicly available. When you go through customs, they check all your belongings.

The men said they worked in the sports nutrition business and had travelled to London for a short holiday, fitting in a couple of day trips to Salisbury.

"At 3pm on Friday, 2 March, the suspects arrived at Gatwick airport, having flown from Moscow on Aeroflot flight SU2588". Simonyan said they refused to elaborate on their backgrounds or show their passports on camera.

"They then travelled on London public transport to Waterloo station and were in the area between approximately 6pm and 7pm".

However, with the snowfall causing traffic disruptions on Saturday, the two men reportedly spent more than two and a half hours traveling from their London hotel to Salisbury train station. "We'll see in the near future". The weather was better on the 4th, Petrov said, so the two returned to see Stonehenge and the cathedral. Britain released CCTV footage and photographs showing the two men walking in Skripal's neighborhood.

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