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The TelegraphThe two Russians charged with attempted murder in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have claimed they were visiting the town's "famous" cathedral as tourists.  Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were interviewed by the editor-in-chief of state-funded RT - formerly Russia Today - Margarita Simonyan who said she had "spent an evening" with the suspects.  In the interview, they claimed to be in the fitness industry and said friends had suggested they visit "wonderful" Salisbury and go sightseeing around Wiltshire. A UK government spokesman rubbished the men's claims as "obfuscation and lies", and the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian-state sponsored TV station are an insult to public's intelligence." RT ran part of the interview on Thursday morning, in which they said they were the men shown in the CCTV photographs released by British police and insisted Boshirov and Petrov were their real names.  They are then accused of looking nervous, to which Boshirov responds:  "How would you look if your life had suddenly been turned upside-down, in a single day, and broken?" When asked why they were in Salisbury, Petrov said: "Our friends have been recommending that we visit this wonderful city for a long time already." "There's a famous cathedral there, the Salisbury cathedral," Boshirov added. "It's famous not just all over Europe, it's famous all over the world I think. It's famous for its 123-metre spire, it's famous for its clock, the first clock made in the world that still runs." A police photograph of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who have been named as suspects in the Salisbury Novichok attack Credit: Metropolitan Police They asked for an apology and "for the real perpetrators" to be caught. They also told RT that the snow and "muddy slush" meant they cut short their planned visit to Stonehenge, and that their first trip to Salisbury was less than an hour because of train delays.  Talking to Simonyan, who had poured the suspects cognac "for courage", Petrov said: "We came to Salisbury on the 3rd,  we tried to walk around the city, but since the city was covered in snow, we were able to only for a half an hour, we got wet. "Of course, we went to visit Stonehenge, Old Sarum, the cathedral of the Virgin Mary, but it didn't work out because there was muddy slush everywhere, as we'd say in Russian, total slush. We got wet, returned to the train station and went back on the next train [to London]." The pair claimed they didn't know where Sergei Skripal's house was. "Maybe we passed by it, maybe we didn't pass by it, I don't know, " Boshirov said. "I hadn't heard this surname." The prime suspects also denied taking Novichok or a bottle of Nina Ricci perfume with them to the UK.  "Isn't it silly for decent lads to have women’s perfume? When you pass through customs they check all your things," Boshirov said.  "That would raise questions even among ordinary people, why does a man have women's perfume. We didn't have it," Petrov said. Both men claimed to be afraid of going out, fearing for themselves and their loved ones. They said they frequently travelled to Europe for a business they supposedly had related to sports nutrition. “We'd like it if one day the real perpetrators were found and gave us an apology,” Petrov said. The prime suspects at Salisbury station “We can't go outside, we can't go to the petrol station,” Boshirov said. He bristled when asked why the two men were always together. "We're not here for an interrogation," he said. RT published the full interview online, and Russian state television broadcast highlights from it throughout Thursday, a day after Vladimir Putin called on the two men to speak to

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