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United Kingdom slams 'deeply offensive' interview with Skripal suspects

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Sergei Skripal buying groceries near his Salisbury home

Investigators say the names they used were likely aliases.

"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", one of the men said of the Salisbury in a short clip of the interview played by RT.

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".

But it's their job, apart from vacations, which has led them to travel overseas in order to scout for best products on the market, they said.

A still image taken from a video footage and released by RT global news channel on September 13, 2018, shows two Russian men with the same names, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as those accused by Britain over the case of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, during an interview at an unidentified location, Russia.

Britain has charged the two men with attempting to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia by spraying a chemical weapon on Skripal's door in March.

Britain released CCTV footage and photographs showing the two men walking in Skripal's neighborhood.

The interviewer, RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, at times seemed more interested in insinuations about the men's personal relationship than their alleged military status.

The pair said their lives were turned upside down after they were publicly named by United Kingdom police.

The two men had some physical similarities to the men shown in British police images.

Boshirov did not react to the interviewer's request to show the pictures they took on that trip, only saying that he found Salisbury Cathedral "very handsome".

Two men denied they were military intelligence officers and said they felt they deserved an apology from the real perpetrators of the poisoning, if they were ever found.

They said they only stayed an hour in Salisbury on Saturday 3 March because of the snowy weather conditions, but returned on Sunday 4 March to visit the sights.

"Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies".

Asked whether they had recently been to any European state, the two said they had.

Britain has said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Russian state TV channel Rossiya-24 said Mr Petrov would give an interview to them next week, but just a day later both suspects have spoken to RT.

Petrov said he heard Putin's statement on the radio and chose to contact RT's editor-in-chief. "We didn't have it".

They said that they had previously travelled to Europe for business and pleasure.

They spent New Year's Eve in Switzerland and have been to Vienna, the pair said.

"I don't want anyone from our clients to be affected", Ruslan Boshirov said. "We pick up the most necessary, come here and decide how to deliver the new products from this market here".

Petrov and Boshirov also denied they were military intelligence officers.

"One goes, the other waits".

"From the very beginning we planned to go to London to enjoy ourselves". How did it happen? Simonyan said they refused to elaborate on their backgrounds or show their passports on camera.

"For its part, Russian Federation has sent over 60 requests to United Kingdom, receiving no meaningful reply".

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