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Russians Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov, whom British authorities accuse of poisoning a former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Julia, turned off the phone after an interview with the chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan. This she said in an interview with BBC Newsnight, the Daily Telegraph reports.
According to Simonyan, Petrov and Bocharov promised to send it by WhatsApp your photos on the background of a Cathedral in Salisbury, but has not yet done so.
“I tried to call them on the number from which they called me, but he was unavailable. They said that if I find pictures I will send them, but I’m still waiting”, — quotes the Daily Telegraph interview Simonyan.
She added that before recording Petrov and Bashirov told her that this is their first and last interview. The men agreed to be interviewed, provided that there will be no questions that would allow journalists to find their relatives, business partners, friends or classmates, Simonyan added.
September 13 in an interview with RT Petrov and Bashirov stated that it did not work in the GRU, have nothing to do with the assassination Skrobala, while Salisbury came as tourists to see the local Cathedral. The Russians claim that went to Salisbury twice — on March 3 and 4, because for the first time are unable to explore because of bad weather. The question Simonyan, do they have pictures next to the Cathedral, a clear answer has not followed. Men said that often travel to Europe not only to relax but also for business purposes. According to them, they do business in the field of sports nutrition and the fitness industry.
On 12 September, President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian authorities found Petrov and Bashirova, they are “civilians”. The head of state invited by him to speak to reporters. The week before the UK authorities published the photos of the Russians, stating that the agents of the GRU, who on 4 March in Salisbury made an attempt on Skrobala using chemical warfare substances of class “Beginner”, developed in the Soviet Union. Russia denies involvement in the incident.
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