Two Russians accused by United Kingdom in spy poisoning to give interview

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Speaking to the Kremlin-owned RT channel, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov denied using the military-grade nerve agent Novichok against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia during their brief jaunts around Salisbury in March.

The two men, who appeared deeply uncomfortable, identified themselves as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the names British prosecutors said were used by the poisoners.

The men 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.

They spent no more than an hour in Salisbury and returned to London after abandoning a plan to visit the Stonehenge monument because of "muddy slush" and snow in the city, Petrov said.

Their detailed description of Salisbury's medieval cathedral and tall spire were part of the latest in a series of zigs, zags and twists from Russian Federation since Britain last week pointed the finger at the pair in the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Mr Petrov and Mr Boshirov, who say they own a sports nutrition business, said "maybe" they approached former Russian spy Sergei Skripal's house, "but we don't know where it is located".

Britain released CCTV footage and photographs showing the two men walking in Skripal's neighborhood. "We got wet, took the nearest train and came back" to London, they told RT, Russia's state-run global broadcaster. While they may have passed the former agent Sergey Skripal's home, "we don't know where it's located", Boshirov said.

Now, the two men have appeared on Russian TV in an freakish interview that included their denials - but also indirect questions about their sexual preferences, awkward stares and accounts of the weather in the quaint English town of Salisbury in early March 2017.

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On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin called for the two men to speak with the media during an economic conference in Vladivostok.

Skripal, a Russian military intelligence officer turned double agent for Britain, and his visiting daughter fell ill March 4 from what Britain says was a Soviet-developed nerve agent; an investigating police officer also was hospitalized for about three weeks.

The pair claimed they have been left fearing for their lives after Britain pointed to their involvement and said they were officers in Russian military intelligence service the GRU. "I have seen nothing to suggest that has changed".

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the case. It's famous not only in Europe, but in the whole world.

He added he was delighted that the Russians were able to see "the world class attractions Salisbury has to offer".

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov confirmed they are the men accused of carrying out the attack in the interview with RT.

When Simonyan seemed to express some surprise at this characterization of an English city that is not well-known overseas, Boshirov answered simply "Yes".

"We examine the market, look if there is something new - some biologically active additives, amino acids, vitamins, microelements", the two said. "What do you have in common that you spend so much time together?" "Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies", the Foreign Office said in a statement.

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