Novichok suspects: We were in Salisbury as tourists

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov

Modal Trigger Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov Metropolitan Police in London

They claim they were merely tourists visiting the English town of Salisbury at the time the poisoning happened.

Both men have admitted they may have ended-up outside the Skirpal's home purely by accident on the very same day they fell critically ill.

The spokesman added: "An illegal chemical weapon has been used on the streets of this country".

Peskov said he hasn't yet had time to watch their interview and said he didn't know if Putin saw it. It's famous for its 123-metre spire. The British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt led the charge, tweeting, "The last time Russian military claimed to be on holiday was when they invaded Ukraine in 2014". A woman later died after coming in contact with the nerve agent.

Russian Federation continues to deny the allegations with President Putin saying there was "nothing criminal" about the two men.

Boshirov said they "maybe approached Skripal's house" while they walked around the city, "but ... didn't know where it was".

He said: 'We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones'. The interview will air later on Thursday, she wrote.

However, a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained in case they travel to the EU, and UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that the men will be caught and prosecuted if they ever step out of Russian Federation. Simonyan said they refused to elaborate on their backgrounds or show their passports on camera.

The two Russians entered the United Kingdom on an Aeroflot flight on March 2, departing March 4, according to the U.K.'s counter-terrorism police chief, Neil Basu.

The men said that far from plotting to poison a turncoat spy with a deadly nerve agent, they were actually just in England to admire the Gothic architecture in the city of Salisbury. "This was not a rogue operation", she said.

The two men stressed they wanted the media and everyone else to leave them alone.

Detectives believe it is likely the two Salisbury suspects, thought to be aged around 40, travelled under aliases and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.

Ruslan Boshirov, left, and Alexander Petrov speak with the Kremlin-funded RT channel in Moscow.

British intelligence found the novichok was stored in a fake Nina Ricci perfume bottle, but the two suspects said that would be a ridiculous way for them to transport poison, which they denied having, as it would be "silly for decent lads" to have women's perfume.

'There is nothing special and nothing criminal about it, I'm telling you'.

Asked about his biggest professional mistake at an event in Washington DC last night he said: "When I became foreign secretary I thought there was no objective reason why we should be quite so hostile to Russian Federation".

Skripal's attempted assassination has drawn comparisons with the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko with highly radioactive polonium in London in 2006.

Some pointed out that the pair had flown all the way from Russian Federation to visit the "wonderful" English town twice in two days, while ignoring the UK's better known landmarks.

Lugovoi went on to become a member of parliament and a regular fixture on Russian state television.

US sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Russian Federation have cost the Kremlin an estimated "tens of billions of dollars", a senior State Department official told Congress on Thursday.

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