United Kingdom prosecutors say they have obtained a European arrest warrant for two Russians, identified as Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov (L), blamed for the Salisbury attack. They want the "real perpetrators" to be caught and for the British government to issue an apology.
A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday described an interview of Skripal case suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with Russia's RT channel as an 'insult to the public's intelligence'.
Britain has charged the two men with attempting to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia by spraying a chemical weapon on Skripal's door in March. RT anchors insisted that the full unedited interview would be available on RT.com.
As of 12:00AM AEST RT finally posted the entire interview, available on YouTube with English subtitles, however it appears that RT's video was removed less than three hours later. Remember, talk shows at the time were debating "Is this an invasion?" rather than "What are we going to do about it?"
I was watching the livestream and recorded it.
"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", the man identified as Petrov said.
The paper also noted they showed no evidence they had ever made it to Salisbury cathedral, which they cited as the city's main draw. It's famous for it's 123m spire. "Its famous Salisbury cathedral, famous for its 123m spire...the clock... the oldest of its kind that is still working".
"And finally on March 4 this year we had this outrageous event in Salisbury, Wiltshire, when two agents of the GRU were involved in the murder of Dawn Sturgess and attempted murder of others".
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Friday that Russian authorities will consider Britain's request to interrogate them if it comes. He laughed off as "silly" the idea that they would have carried a women's perfume bottle.
A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry rejected the report, writing in a post that she believed Bellingcat had ties to western intelligence, noting the group's access to a Russian database that is not publicly available.
Putin urged the two men to speak to the journalists. "We didn't have it".
"When your life turned upside down, you don't know what to do and where to go", Boshirov said. British politicians immediately called the interview "not credible".
Ofcom said in April that since the Salisbury attack they had observed "a significant increase in the number of programs on the RT service that we consider warrant investigation as potential breaches of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code". Only this week, we heard an official statement from London, which said that they did not plan to employ the legal assistance mechanism and send any requests to Russian Federation.
"Russia's position has remained unchanged and clear - we consider it unacceptable to link the Russian leadership or the Russian state to what happened in Salisbury", Peskov said. "We came to you for protection, but this is turning into some kind of interrogation".
Crucially, at least one man's passport files contain various "topsecret" markings, which, according to at least two sources consulted by Bellingcat, are typically reserved for members of secret services or top state operatives.