UK government accuses a TV interview with Salisbury suspects of ‘lies and fabrication’

UK government accuses a TV interview with Salisbury suspects of ‘lies and fabrication’

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Downing Street has accused Russia of “lies and blatant fabrications” in the television interview with the two suspects in the Salisbury poisoning.

Russian state-funded news channel RT has published an interview with the two suspects in the Salisbury attack.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian-state sponsored TV station are an insult to public's intelligence.

"More importantly, the are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack. Sadly, it is what we have come to expect.

"An illegal chemical weapon has been used on the streets of this country. We have seen four people left seriously ill in hospital and an innocent woman has died. Russia has responded with contempt."

The two men were interviewed by RT’s Editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan and the interview was published on Thursday.

 

‘They are wanted men’

The Prime Minister's spokesman added that the police had set out very clearly the evidence against the two suspects.

They said: "They are wanted men and we have taken steps to ensure that they are apprehended and brought to justice in the UK if they ever again set foot outside Russia.”

This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was “nothing criminal” about the men on Wednesday.

Their names were thought to be pseudonyms, but the two men claimed that they were their real names.

In a video published on the Russia Today website, the men admit to having visited Salisbury, but said they were there as tourists to look at the cathedral.

They also confirm that the CCTV images released by police do indeed show them.