Salisbury pair ‘lie about tourist trip’
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More than 100 takeaways, cafes, restaurants and hotels in St Andrews, Fife, are to be visited by experts offering advice on food waste management under a new initiative led by Scottish Water.
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Fatbergs – large lumps of fatty deposits that block the sewer system – can cause BRITAIN has accused Russia of “lies and blatant fabrications” in the television interview with the two suspects in the Salisbury poisoning.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told Russian state-funded news channel RT they travelled to the “wonderful” city in Wiltshire after recommendations from friends.
The pair claimed they have been left fearing for their lives after Britain pointed to their involvement and said they were officers in Russian military intelligence service the GRU.
Downing Street called the content of the interview “deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack”.
In a translation from Russian, the pair told RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan they worked in the fitness industry.
The broadcaster quoted Petrov as saying they arrived in London on March 2 and attempted to visit Salisbury on March 3 but were thwarted by snow.
They returned the following day when it was warmer to see the cathedral.
He said: “Of course, we went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn’t major flooding and pollution while disposing of them costs significant sums of money every year.
They are typically caused by accumulations of fat, oil and grease which have been disposed of incorrectly down drains and sinks.
Scottish Water’s Fat Free Sewer project will see every do it because there was muddy slush everywhere. The town was covered by this slush. We got wet, took the nearest train and came back [to London].”
In the men’s first interview since they were named publicly they denied carrying women’s perfume, after police discovered a counterfeit bottle that contained a “significant amount” of Novichok.
Boshirov acknowledged they may have been near Mr Skripal’s house but they did not know where it was.
They also asked for an apology from the UK, adding: “We just want this to be over.”
UK authorities believe the pair smeared the highly toxic chemical Novichok on a door handle at the Wiltshire home of former food service establishment in St Andrews visited by food waste management experts.
Officers from Environmental Compliance & Services will go to the premises in the town centre on behalf of the utility.
Businesses will be told if their grease management system is sufficient. GRU officer Sergei Skripal, leaving Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia critically ill.
Tests on the east London hotel room where the suspects had stayed showed contamination of Novichok.
A Government spokesman said: “The Government is clear these men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service – the GRU – who used a devastatingly toxic, illegal chemical weapon on the streets of our country.
“We have repeatedly asked Russia to account for what happened in Salisbury in March. Today they have responded with obfuscation and lies.”
John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire, also dismissed the statements as “not credible”.
President Vladimir Putin said the men had been discounted as members of his security network.
Boshirov said his life had been turned “upside down”, according to RT. He said: “We’re afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones.”
Detectives believe it is likely the two suspects travelled with aliases and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.