Spy poison case: Suspects say they were tourists

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September 13, 2018 - 9:45 AM

British police inside a Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury, UK, on March 5 . The restuarant was closed in connection with an incident in which former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal was left critically ill by exposure to a rare poison. Two Russians have been charged. (Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Abaca Press/TNS)

MOSCOW (AP) — The two Russian men charged in Britain with poisoning a former Russian spy with a deadly nerve agent appeared on Kremlin-funded television on Thursday, denying their involvement in the attack and saying that their appearance in the English city of Salisbury was merely an “incredible, fatal coincidence.”

Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov made their first public appearance in an interview with the RT channel, saying that they had visited Salisbury as tourists to see its famous cathedral.

“Our friends have been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town,” Petrov said, while Boshirov added that they specifically wanted to see the cathedral’s famous spire and clock.

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