Russian Federation will 'consider' United Kingdom request to interview Salisbury suspects

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RT aired an interview with the two men suspected by United Kingdom authorities of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Russian Federation continues to deny the allegations with President Putin saying there was "nothing criminal" about the two men. She said they were the "real" Petrov and Boshirov as far as she was able to check.

"We went to Salisbury on the 3rd [of March]", said Petrov.

"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", Petrov said of Salisbury.

Theresa May, however, said the men were agents of Russia's foreign military intelligence agency, the GRU, and their actions were "almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state".

While the two admitted that they were in Salisbury, England - where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a park bench on March 4 - they gave a somewhat unconventional answer for making the effort to visit. Both father and daughter were sickened, but survived.

British prosecutors last week identified two Russians they said were operating under aliases - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - whom they accused of trying to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a military-grade nerve agent in England. While they acknowledged being the pair seen in images released by Scotland Yard, the men did not provide proof of their names.

A surveillance image shows both suspects at Salisbury train station at 4:11 p.m. on March 3, 2018.

In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh said the administration is preparing a second round of sanctions against Russian Federation in retaliation for its nerve-agent attack in Britain.

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The Law Society, which represents firms and solicitors, yesterday strongly rejected the claims. The reason, according to the men, is that they are afraid for their safety and reluctant to provide the press with any more "fuel".

Britain alleges the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals was carried in a perfume vial, which Boshirov dismissed by saying "Don't you think it's kind of stupid for two straight men to carry perfume for ladies?"

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the men had been discounted as members of his security network.

"Maybe we were next to it [the house] but we don't even know where it is", Petrov said.

The paper also noted they showed no evidence they had ever made it to Salisbury cathedral, which they cited as the city's main draw.

"They are believed to have taken a similar route when they returned to London on the afternoon of Saturday, 3 March". But no, they knew nothing of the Skripals or their house. "They're a normal pair who just got into trouble, I'm sure they feel pretty bad now", said Leonid, a 58-year-old entrepreneur.

When RT editor Margarita Simonyan asked the pair why they travelled together, implying they might be a gay couple, the men said their private lives were off limits to the media.

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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