"Today, just as we have seen throughout, they have responded with obfuscation and lies", the spokesman said.
Two Russian men's claims that they were innocent tourists wrongly branded as would-be assassins met with mockery in Britain Friday and even raised eyebrows in the usually patriotic Russian media.
While they may have passed Skripal's home during their visit to Salisbury, "we don't know where it's located" and "I'd never heard this name before", Boshirov said. "It's famous for its clock, one of the first ever created in the world that's still working", added Boshirov reeling off facts that closely resembled those laid out in a Russian-language Wikipedia entry about Salisbury.
They claimed to have had nothing to do with the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were found slumped on a bench as the Russians were on a train back to London.
Britain alleges the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals was carried in a perfume vial, which Boshirov dismissed by saying "Don't you think it's kind of stupid for two straight men to carry perfume for ladies?" "But very unusual to come all this way for just two days while carrying Novichok in their luggage", he tweeted.
Britain said the attack was nearly certainly approved "at a senior level of the Russian state", an allegation that Moscow has vehemently denied.
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She also said they had agreed to send photos taken during their visit to Salisbury but their phone no longer appeared to be in use.
Police say the first visit was to stake out the town and the second to poison the Skripals.
Craig Murray, a former official who has faced criticism for pushing debunked conspiracy theories related to the poisoning, claimed on Twitter after the interview that the "most likely interpretation is that they are a gay couple..."
"Of course, we went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn't do it because there was muddy slush everywhere".
Britain has charged the two men with attempting to murder Skripal and his daughter Yulia. A Russian foreign ministry official has previously said this was proof that Scotland Yard had doctored evidence. On one Russian-language Donald Trump parody account, the user posted a screenshot from "Brokeback Mountain", the 2005 film about a gay relationship, with the caption "Let's go to Salisbury!"
Both men looked composed during the interview, but Boshirov said, "We fear for our lives". "So how did this happen?"
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Russian state media have tacitly promoted another reason for a cover-up, speculating heavily on whether the two men were being furtive about their trip because they are gay.
Skripal, who was jailed in Russian Federation for betraying dozens of military intelligence officers in the 1990s, came to Britain in a 2010 spy swap. The men denied having any poison or the counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle that United Kingdom police say was used to transport the nerve agent.
"Is it not silly for decent lads to have women's perfume?".
"The customs are checking everything, they would have questions as to why men have women's perfume in their luggage. We didn't have it".
But what did they say and is it plausible?
Then, days later, President Vladimir Putin vouched for them as just ordinary guys and anything but would-be hit men.
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Prime Minister Theresa May said intelligence showed the poisonings were state-sponsored by Russian Federation . They were described as being about 40 years old and believed to be travelling under fake names.
Boshirov and Petrov said they called her because they needed protection and would like an apology from Britain.