Putin MOCKS Britain over Novichok 2: 'We've FOUND THEM - they are civilians'

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Putin MOCKS Britain over Novichok 2: 'We've FOUND THEM - they are civilians'

Just a day after President Vladimir Putin urged them to come forward, the two Russians the United Kingdom accuses of carrying out a nerve-agent attack on a former spy denied the charges in an interview with RT state television.

A spokesperson for the United Kingdom government said the two men who appeared on RT were the same men suspected of poisoning the Skripals.

The pair, who claim that is their real names, said their friends had told them to visit "this wonderful town, Salisbury, which has a famous cathedral and 123m spire, and is famous for its clock".

"We hope they will turn up very soon and will tell everything themselves".

The two Russian men, who say they are both about 40, were identified last week as suspects by the British government.

In an interview with Russia's RT TV channel released on September 13, Petrov and Boshirov said they had visited Great Britain for tourist purposes. "We got wet, took the nearest train and came back" to London, they told RT, Russia's state-run worldwide broadcaster.

"We went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn't do it because there was muddy slush everywhere", Petrov said, referring to local landmarks.

"Well, we came there [to the UK] on 2 March, then went to a railway station to see the timetable".

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the incidents. The officials also allege that the pair are military intelligence agents who were sent to the United Kingdom to poison the Skripals with the nerve agent Novichok.

Walters also highlighted that the weather conditions apparently did not deter the two from walking an even greater distance to the Srkipal home, which they said in the interview that they might have approached. "Let them come out somewhere, to you in the media", he said, describing the men as "civilians".

Both men sounded distressed as they spoke about how their lives had changed since they were named in the United Kingdom as Russian intelligence agents who attempted to poison the Skripals.

May spokeswoman Alison Donnelly told reporters Thursday the United Kingdom remains confident "These men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service who used a devastatingly toxic chemical weapon on the streets of our country". Investigators say the names they used were likely aliases.

He tweeted that he was "delighted" the men were able to visit Salisbury's "world-class attractions", but said it was "very odd to come all this way for just two days while carrying Novichok in their luggage". We know who they are, we have found them already.

"We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones", Boshirov told RT.

British prosecutors said last week they had "sufficient evidence" to charge the two Russian nationals in connection with the attack on March 4.

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

Police believe Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley, had accidentally found the Novichok-laced perfume bottle, exposing them to the toxic nerve agent.

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