Right on cue, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov gave an interview on state-funded channel RT on Thursday morning, during which they described their dismay at being swept up in an global scandal.
"An illegal chemical weapon has been used on the streets of this country".
FILE PHOTO: Flowers are left at the cordon near the tent covering the park bench where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in Salisbury, Britain, March 19, 2018.
During the interview, RT quoted Petrov as saying they arrived in London on March 2 and tried to visit Salisbury the following day but were thwarted by snow and returned the day after.
You'd better ask them why we're seen at the same second, at the same time, but separately.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were formally accused of attempting to murder former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, are seen in this image handed out by the Metropolitan Police in London.
This week, the two men appeared on RT to assert their innocence and claimed they were visiting the small town of Salisbury not to expose Skripal to the nerve agent Novichok, but to check out a cathedral.
Simonyan's announcement comes a day after President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation had located Petrov and Boshirov, but that there was nothing special or criminal about them. "What is our fault?" One of the bystanders later died from the Soviet-era nerve agent after she discovered it in a park disguised in a perfume bottle.
"More importantly they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack".
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Theresa May, however, said the men were agents of Russia's foreign military intelligence agency, the GRU, and their actions were "almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state". Boshirov said, referring to the Nina Ricci vial that British authorities said contained the poison. "We were drenched up to our knees", Boshirov said.
While Moscow has been repeatedly castigated for alleged involvement in the poisoning of ex-double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the Kremlin maintains the allegations are not based on solid facts.
Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said "there is nothing criminal about them" and called them "civilians". Boshirov also called on the United Kingdom to apologize for the allegations, claiming their lives had been "turned upside down".
Both men looked composed during the interview, and confidently recited details about Salisbury's tourist attractions, including the height of the cathedral's spire.
The network broadcast the interview with the suspects in the Novichok poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the United Kingdom on Thursday, even as it faces multiple ongoing investigations by media regulator Ofcom into its coverage of the attack in March.
They spent New Year's Eve in Switzerland and have been to Vienna, the pair said.
When pressed to describe their work in general terms, he said, "To cut a long story short, we're in the fitness industry".
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. They'd been "extremely nervous and sweating" during the interview and it's for viewers to decide whether to believe them, she said. The station said it would air more of the interview later.
The pair said that they had never dealt with the media before and if Putin had not urged them to speak out they would have recorded a video statement.