Margaret Simoniants: Dmitry Dukhanin / Kommersant
The chief editor of RT and RIA Novosti Margarita Simonyan has an interview with Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov. Russians with names and surnames of London calls the perpetrators of the assassination of the former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. The interview took place on the evening of 12 September, said Simonyan in his Telegram channel.
“I don’t know with whom you spent last night, and I spent it with Petrov and Bocharovym. Not joking,” wrote editor-in-chief of the state television channel.
According to Simonyan, before the interview she asked Petrov and Bashirova to show their passports and asked who they were.
Editor-in-chief claims that the men called her own, she stopped their search was not engaged. “More precisely, our editorial team searched for them in the same way as all other professional editorial: on social networks, sources and so on. Even found a couple, but not those” — she explained.
Says Simonyan, Petrov and Bashirov wanted to communicate with her because I know her on the air, read it in social networks and trust her.
On 12 September the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that the authorities found Russian citizens, accused by London of poisoning Skrobala. He expressed the hope that they “will soon appear and you will tell”. A day earlier, RT announced that it found the Petrova, whom British authorities accuse of poisoning Skrobala. He was a section chief in the Tomsk branch of NPO “Microgen” (scientific-production Association “virion”). He assured that he has no relation to the story Skrobala.
According to the British, Petrov and Bocharov are aliases under which staff was recruited by Russian military intelligence. Prime Minister Theresa may has said publicly that the attack with high probability, was authorized by the Kremlin. Moscow, in turn, warned about the inadmissibility of unfounded accusations.
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