Britain said that the two suspects were intelligence officers from the Russian Federation military and were acting on orders handed down from somewhere high up in the government of Russian Federation.
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.
Ofcom said in April that since the Salisbury attack they had observed "a significant increase in the number of programs on the RT service that we consider warrant investigation as potential breaches of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code". "Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies", the spokesperson said.
A handout picture taken at Salisbury train station in Salisbury, west of London on March 3, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on September 5, 2018, shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov.
Boshirov said the two men were innocent and denied they had carried the Novichok nerve agent used in the attack.
Salisbury MP John Glen said these statements were not credible and what they said did not match United Kingdom intelligence. "What is our fault?" A woman later died after coming in contact with the nerve agent.
Russian state television will air an interview on Thursday with two Russians who have the same names as the men accused by Britain of trying to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter, RIA news agency cited the head of a television channel as saying.
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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. On Wednesday Russian president Vladimir Putin said "there is nothing criminal about them" and called them "civilians".
They added that they've had their "whole lives turned upside down".
The conclusion suggested that they had become targets of a special operation by agents of the Russian military intelligence service GRU.
They said they returned the following day when it was warmer to see the cathedral. "One goes, the other waits", Boshirov said. United Kingdom authorities blamed two former Russian agents, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun, for the murder. "I hope they will come forward and tell about themselves".
"Only this week, we heard an official statement from London, which said that they did not plan to employ the legal assistance mechanism and send any requests to Russian Federation".
Her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, also fell ill, while police officer Nick Bailey, who visited the home of the Skripals shortly after the attack, was also left critically ill from exposure to the substance.
Editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said the men had promised to send her images of their visit to Salisbury Cathedral - which they claimed was the reason for their visit - but haven't done so.