The British Foreign Office responded to interviews of two men identified as suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack on Russia Today.
According to Foreign Office, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are GRU employees, and the interview is another attempt by Russia to hide the truth.
“The government is clear these men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service – the GRU – who used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country. We have repeatedly asked Russia to account for what happened in Salisbury in March. Today, just as we have seen throughout, they have responded with obfuscation and lies,” the Guardian reported referring to the statement.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov’s interview to RT was published on Thursday. The suspected were interviewed by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan. According to them, they came to Salisbury as tourists, they have nothing to do with the GRU, but are middle-class entrepreneurs.
In early September, the UK prosecutor’s office and police called Petrov and Boshirov suspected of Skripal poisoning.
Russia knows the people whom UK suspects of poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum on Wednesday.
"I call on them to appear before the media and tell their story,” Russian Embassy in UK tweeted quoting Putin.