Russia: Skripal suspects tell RT editor-in-chief ‘no more communication with press’

SOT, reporter (Russian): “What do you feel after talking to them?” SOT, Margarita Simonyan, RT Editor-in-Chief (Russian): “The main thing is that they were nervous and were heavily sweating. Although I even offered them some cognac for courage. I had to lower air temperature a lot compared to a normal temperature in the cabinet, they were sweating anyway, they tried to dry their foreheads. It... Еще happens when people are nervous. There may be a number of reasons [for them being nervous]. SOT, reporter (Russian): “So the photos in passports assuaged your doubts?” SOT, Margarita Simonyan, RT Editor-in-Chief (Russian): “At first they really do look like people on the photos provided by the British side.” RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said in Moscow on Thursday that the two men UK accuses of poisoning Sergei and Julia Skripal, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, told her they are not going to speak to other media organisations after being interviewed by Simonyan on Wednesday. “Yesterday, when we were filming all this thing, they believed that it will be their only communication with the press,” she said. Simonyan explained how and on what conditions the accused men agreed to be interviewed by her. “They said they do not want this interview to be filmed in a studio, because they do not want to come to a TV channel, to any place with many people,” the RT chief said, adding that Boshirov and Petrov did not want the interview to be a press conference. UK has charged the pair in absentia with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder as well as use of the nerve agent Novichok. Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury on March 4. Since the beginning the UK has blamed Moscow for the incident, while Kremlin has denied any involvement in the affair.

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