The UK named two Russian suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as suspects in a plot to poison former the Russian officer and his daughter at their home in Salisbury, England.
RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan conducted the interview with the men, identified as Alexander Petrov and Russlan Boshirov.
"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town", the man known as Petrov told the RT TV network.
The suspected assassins' alibi of tourists visiting the "123 metre spire" of the town's cathedral also sparked incredulity.
Wearing sweaters and appearing uncomfortable with the questioning, the two men claimed that they travelled as tourists to Salisbury and explained that they made two trips to Salisbury after bad weather hampered their first day trip.
London renewed its assertions that the men were officers of the Russian military intelligence service GRU and lied about their involvement in the poisoning of one-time Russian agent Sergei Skripal.
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Simonyan said the two men contacted her directly and that she had not looked for them personally.
The Center for European Reform tweeted that its director of foreign policy, Ian Bond, told the BBC that the interview could have meant to "cause confusion, put smoke out there to obscure the battlefield".
Russian Federation has denied any involved in the Britain attack. So, if we had anything suspicious, they would definitely have questions.
The full unedited interview still hasn't been published online but the RT anchors addressed the obvious question of why these two men would approach RT, a cable network whose audience is primarily people outside of Russian Federation.
But their unlikely story has branded "lies and blatant fabrication" by Theresa May after they appeared on the Kremlin-funded RT channel yesterday to proclaim their innocence and deny they were agents of the GRU.
Asked about apparent inconsistencies in the two men's story, 44-year-old Muscovite Ivan Raspopov joked: "You know, Russian tourists often become rather odd in the West". As Oleg Kashin, a Russian journalist, noted: "It's become a simple test of loyalty: in order to protect these guys, you need to make overwrought jokes about gays".
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British officials decried the interview, calling it "risible". He said they were innocent and "nothing criminal" about them, apparently contradicting accusations by Scotland Yard that they were agents of Russian military intelligence.
Detectives believe it is likely the two suspects, thought to be aged around 40, travelled under aliases and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.
"What a bold move, to rely on Sunday trains to get themselves to Salisbury and back and then to Heathrow", one Twitter user noted, in reference to Britain's unreliable weekend rail services. So they returned the next day. And the exotic poison is also blamed for the death of Dawn Sturgess, 44, in July, after her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, gave her what turned out to be a bottle of bogus perfume that contained the nerve agent. 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.
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Whatever revelations may pop up, the United Kingdom will stick to its vague version of the Salisbury poisoning incident, analysts said on the heels of an exclusive RT interview with Britain's Skripal case suspects.
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