Last week, the UK government released CCTV footage of the two Russian men suspected of poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. Since then, there’s been no sign of the alleged Russian secret agents, who had returned to their home country after the attack.
Until today. Now, the men have come out of hiding and given a bizarre interview to state-backed television channel Russia Today. In it, they deny that they work for the Russian secret service and explain that they only were in Salisbury on a fly-in visit ‘to see the Cathedral’:
Q: “You honestly look very tense,”
A: “And how would you look after all of that?” Petrov responded, before Boshirov said the British investigation “ruined their lives.”
Q: “Well, we came there [to the UK] on March 2, then went to a railway station to see the timetable. We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and tried to walk through the town, but we lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow,” Petrov said.
A: “Of course, we went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn’t do it because there was muddy slush everywhere. The town was covered by this slush. We got wet, took the nearest train and came back [to London].”
Q: “We spent no more than an hour in Salisbury, mainly because of the lags between trains,” Boshirov said.“Maybe we did [approach] Skripal’s house, but we don’t know where is it located.”
A: “On March 4 we returned [to Salisbury] because everything had melted away in London, there was warm and sunny weather. We specifically went there [again] to see the Old Sarum and the cathedral and decided to finish this thing on March 4,” said Petrov.
Q: “What thing?”
A: “To see the cathedral,” Petrov replied.
No doubt Salisbury tourism board will be celebrating…