Two Russian nationals who have been arrested and detained in connection with the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia have denied the charges levelled against them.
The pair identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov claim they are innocent tourists who had flown to London for fun and visited the city of Salisbury to see its cathedral.
The two men, both wearing blue jumpers, said they ran a sports nutrition business and that their lives had become a nightmare since London charged them with attempted murder after what they said was an innocent three-day trip to Britain.
“Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town,” Petrov said of Salisbury.
“There’s the famous Salisbury cathedral. It’s famous not only in Europe, but in the whole world. It’s famous for its 123 metre-spire. It’s famous for its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that’s still working,” added Boshirov reeling off facts that closely resembled those laid out in a Russian-language Wikipedia entry about Salisbury.
Britain has charged the two men with attempting to murder Skripal and his daughter Yulia by spraying a chemical weapon on Skripal’s door in March.
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