No 10 calls Salisbury suspects’ interview ‘blatant lies’

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No 10 calls Salisbury suspects’ interview ‘blatant lies’

Downing Street says pair’s claims they were tourists are ‘insult to public’s intelligence’

An extraordinary interview with the two men identified as suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack prompted an angry Downing Street to accuse Russia of responding with contempt and allowing “lies and blatant fabrications” to be aired on a state-funded broadcaster.

The UK government ratcheted up the criticism after the duo accused of poisoning five Britons – and killing one of them – had appeared on broadcaster Russia Today to claim they had been in Salisbury to visit a cathedral which they described as “famous for its 123-metre spire”.

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