The Skripal suspects' walk through Salisbury

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Yulia Skripal flew in to the United Kingdom from Russia on Saturday, 3 March to visit her father, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent who was living in Salisbury. Traces of the agent Novichok have also been found in the room the two men stayed in in London, according to the investigators.

As Russians digested Thursday's freakish interview on Russia's state-sponsored TV channel with Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the men's itinerary was one thing that didn't add up for people here, even those who don't think Moscow stands behind Skripal's poisoning.

Petrov, asked what the duo were doing in England, said their friends had always been encouraging them to visit the "wonderful town" of Salisbury.

"But the cathedral is not usually the main destination for tourists", said Lomidze.

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 attractive".

They said they visited Salisbury to see its famous cathedral. When asked about recent trips to Switzerland they said that they were just looking for new innovations.

Sources say the conclusion that the men were GRU officers was based on intelligence about Russian operatives and further inquiries made after the March attack on the Skripals.

And British journalists have been mocking the story on Twitter, highlighting the improbability of the pair's itinerary and route if they were truly tourists.

British prosecutors charged two Russian nationals, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, last week for allegedly poisoning former spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a military-grade nerve agent in the city of Salisbury in March.

The Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the Novichok attack and have floated numerous conspiracy theories about who the "real" perpetrators might be.

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So what were these two men really doing in Salisbury?

And Boshirov said they were in the city for less than an hour, adding: "Maybe we did [approach] Skripal's house, but we don't know where is it located".

Asked about the interview, a British government spokeswoman said: "The government is clear these men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service - the GRU - who used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country". As Oleg Kashin, a Russian journalist, noted: "It's become a simple test of loyalty: in order to protect these guys, you need to make overwrought jokes about gays".

"When your life is turned upside down in a moment?" British politicians immediately called the interview "not credible". Sturgess later died after applying what she believed was perfume. "They said they would not go to the studio and only agreed to do the interview in her office".

THE prime suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have claimed they visited the United Kingdom as tourists.

They say the pair arrived at Salisbury railway station at 11.48am. The two Russians entered the United Kingdom on an Aeroflot flight on March 2, departing March 4. Relations between London and the Kremlin, already frosty, plunged into crisis after the attack.

"They then travelled on London public transport to Waterloo station and were in the area between approximately 6pm and 7pm".

The City Stay Hotel, where Russian suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov stayed, is pictured in Bow, east London, on September 5, 2018.

"They are wanted men and we have taken steps to ensure that they are apprehended and brought to justice in the United Kingdom if they ever again set foot outside Russian Federation", the Prime Minister's official spokesman said on Thursday. So they returned the next day. "We got no CCTV of this, and this is interesting". "And the CCTV coverage as well... we didn't see any footage of the Skripals on the day of the poisoning", he told RT.

They acknowledged they went to Salisbury twice.