MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two Russians appeared on state television on Thursday, saying they had been wrongly accused by Britain of trying to murder a former Russian spy and his daughter in England and that they had visited Salisbury in March for tourism.
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 Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a military-grade nerve agent in England.
The two men who appeared on Russia’s state-funded RT television station had some physical similarities to the men shown in British police images.
“Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town,” one of the men said of the English town of Salisbury in a short clip of the interview played by RT.
(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh, Andrew Osborn, Christian Lowe; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Christian Lowe)