Russian assassins sent to poison double agent Sergei Skripal broke their silence in a strange interview today claiming they were ordinary tourists trying to find Salisbury Cathedral after failing to reach Stonehenge.
The men, who allegedly used aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov to smuggle nervous agents in the UK into a bottle of perfume inspired by James Bond, told the state-funded RT television station that the theory is complete bulls *** & # 39;
They say they were only in Salisbury for an hour due to gaps in Sunday train service to London, but admitted they may have stumbled upon Sergei Skripal's house, but insisted it was only by accident.
During their extraordinary and cheeky cover story, the men said they now fear for their lives and said they expect an apology from Britain if they find the real killers.
But within minutes of his television appearance on stage, it was called "propaganda administered by the Kremlin" and the prime minister's spokesman called his account "obfuscation and lies."
Salisbury MP John Glen tweeted: "I am delighted that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov have been able to see the world-class attractions that Salisbury has to offer, but it is very strange to come here for just two days while carrying Novichok in your luggage & # 39;
Critics also noted that the men said they failed to withstand the "sleet". despite living in Siberia, where there is often snow on the ground during the middle of the year.
The two suspects of Skripal Ruslan Boshirov (left) and Alexander Petrov (right) have spoken for the first time and say that they were just tourists enjoying the delights of Salibury
Alexander Petrov (left) and Ruslan Boshirov (right) have been accused by the British police of being two Russian spies (in the photos of their passports)
Alexander Petrov, on the CCTV recording, and Ruslan Boshirov, on the left, were named by the British authorities as suspects, but insisted that they are victims of a stain and that they were simply on vacation.
Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with Novichok in Salisbury after being daubed at the door of his house
The deputy from Salisbury mocked the interview and demanded to know why they were wearing novichok.
The Skripal assassins claim that they are "decent boys" who were on a day trip to admire Salisbury
The most wanted men in Europe spoke for the first time today and insisted that they are victims of a smear campaign.
Here is a transcript of the RT website, which will show the interview in its entirety later.
Editor-in-chief of RT Margarita Simonyan said: "You called me on my cell phone and you told me you were Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, you really look like the pictures that the UK shows us, who are you?"
Petrov replied: "We are the ones who were shown to you in the photos: Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov & # 39;
Simonyan said: "Are those your real names? & # 39;
Boshirov replied: "Yes, they are our true names."
Simonyan said: "Even now, when you talk about that, to tell the truth, you look very nervous."
Petrov said: & # 39; What would you look like? & # 39;
Boshirov said: & # 39; When your life turns around in a moment. In just one day, it changed our lives. "
Simonyan asked: "In the CCTV images of London, you were wearing the now famous coats and shoes in Salisbury. Are you these people?
Both responded: "Yes, it's us."
Simonyan asked: "What were you doing there? & # 39;
Petrov said: "Our friends have been suggesting for a long time that we visited this wonderful city."
Simonyan asked: "Salisbury? A wonderful city?
Both responded: & # 39; Yes & # 39;
Boshirov said: "There is the famous Salisbury Cathedral, famous not only in Europe, but all over the world, famous for its 123-meter spiral, famous for its watch, the first created in the world that still works."
Simonyan said: & # 39; What do you think of the whole Skripal case? & # 39;
Petrov replied: & # 39; We are living in that. You can not imagine how it is. We would like it if someday the real perpetrators are found and they give us an apology. "
Simonyan asked: "By whom, the perpetrators? & # 39;
Petrov replied: "For the UK authorities, I'm lost, I do not know what day it is, we can not go out, we can not go to the service station, you can not imagine what our lives were like."
Simonyan asked: "Do you recognize yourself on the street? & # 39;
The couple said: "Of course, our faces are on television every day, they talk about us on the radio, every time we turn on the television we see our faces. We hear our names: Boshirov, Petrov. Could you live like this?
Boshirov added: "I try not to see the news, it's again and again every day."
Simonyan asked: & # 39; What are you going to do now? & # 39;
Boshirov said: "We just want this to end."
Simonyan asked the men directly: "Do you work for the GRU? & # 39;
Boshirov replied: "And you?"
Simonyan said: & # 39; Me? No, and you?
Petrov added: "And neither do I."
Simonyan said: "But nobody accuses me of working for the GRU. But they accuse you of that.
Boshirov replied: "Your colleagues accuse us of that."
Simonyan replied: "By your colleagues, you mean the journalists, the UK authorities are accusing you."
Boshirov seems to be talking as the English translation of Simonyan's question is reproduced on the clip.
Your words do not translate.
Petrov said: "Yes, that's the most frightening thing."
Simonyan replied: "Where do you work? You are adults, you need to earn a living."
Petrov said: "If we tell you about our business, the people we work with will be affected."
Boshirov also answered the question and Petrov follows up on his initial response, but RT did not translate the statements.
Simonyan pushed the couple to respond: "Tell him anything to create you." Everyone has questions. What are you doing? & # 39;
He continued talking a lot but his words were not translated.
Petrov replied: "In short, we are in the fitness industry."
Explaining why they showed up, Boshirov said: "When your life is turned upside down, you do not know what to do or where to go, we are afraid to go out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and the lives of our loved ones." .
Petrov, who said he had never heard Skripal's name until Britain pointed a finger at him, replied: "We're living in it. You can not imagine how it is. We would like it if someday the real perpetrators are found and they give us an apology. "
The most wanted men in Britain are accused of trying to kill former GRU spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia after bringing enough novichok to annihilate 4,000 civilians on a plane from Russia.
His unsuccessful assassination attempt in March failed, but tragically claimed the life of Dawn Sturgess, who found the gun three months later and sprayed it on her wrist believing it was the Nina Ricci Premier Jour perfume.
But today's men described themselves as "decent guys" who work in the sports nutrition business and said they were in Wiltshire to visit Stonehenge but could not get there because of the snow.
Instead, they went after a recommendation from a friend, not a nervous agent at the door of Sergei Skripal.
But Boshirov also admitted that they may have run into the ex-spy's suburban home, a half-hour walk from the station and out of the city center, but only by accident.
He said: & # 39; Maybe we did it [approach] Skripal's house, but we do not know where it was located & # 39;
Today critics said the men were lying in an interview with a television station often called Putin's propaganda machine.
Salisbury MP John Glen said today: He added: "Salisbury welcomes tourists from all over the world and is very open for business. But the Petrov / Borishov statements are not credible and do not match the widely accepted intelligence we have about these individuals.
Boshirov denied having heard the name of Skripal, saying: "I did not know, I had not heard, until this situation, until this nightmare began with us, has not heard this surname. [Skripal], I did not know anything about them. We are asking for your protection. "
The editor of RT, Margarita Simonyan, who interviewed them last night, asked the two men if they had Novichok or some poison, he emphatically said no.
Boshirov said: "Is it silly for decent boys to have women's perfume?" Customs is checking everything, "they would have questions about why men have women's perfume in their luggage, we do not have it."
Britain insists that the men were sent by the state of Russia, which gave them aliases & # 39; perfect & # 39; and identification documents used to guarantee the United Kingdom visa.
Traces of novichok were also found in their economic hotel room in East London, where they stayed during their brief trip to the United Kingdom in March.
But the men say they are victims of a smear campaign and that they were vacationers.
Petrov, who only one week ago said he knew nothing about Salisbury and had been in Siberia, told RT: "We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and we were trying to walk through the city, but we only lasted half an hour because it was covered. the snow & # 39;
"Of course, we went there to see Stonehenge but we could not do it because there was muddy snow everywhere." We got wet, took the nearest train and returned [to London]& # 39;
Boshirov added: We did not spend more than an hour in Salisbury, mainly due to delays between trains.
Detectives believe that the two suspects, who are believed to be around 40 years old, traveled under alias and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.
Officials formally linked the attack to the Skripals with events in nearby Amesbury, where Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the same nerve agent.
Ms. Sturgess died in the hospital in July, just a week after the couple became ill.
A police officer who visited the Skripals' home shortly after the attack, Nick Bailey, was also seriously ill from exposure to the substance.
Yesterday, the Russian president affirmed that they were civilians and not military spies of GRU. Despite the evidence from Great Britain, the men were sent by the Russian state to kill the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Speaking at an economic forum in Vladivostok, Putin said: "We have checked what kind of people they are, we know who they are, we have found them, there is nothing criminal in that.
The men at the center of the scandal finally admitted that they were in Salisbury, days after denying it.
A man, who seems to be working for a drug company in Tomsk, Siberia, who makes a vaccine against smallpox, rejected it by refusing to talk before next week.
& # 39; No comment at the moment. Maybe later. Next week, I think, "it was reported that a man identified as Alexander Petrov told the state television channel Rossiya-24.
Last week, the same man told Russian television: "I do not know anything about it. And I have nothing to do with the story of Skripal.
He claimed that he had been the victim of a mistaken identity and denied having a foreign passport.
"This is a complete coincidence," he said. "Let's not say London, I can not even reach the Altai Mountains (in southern Siberia)."
The other suspect, Ruslan Boshirov, also appointed by the anti-terrorist police in London, had not spoken until today.
Responding to Petrov and Boshirov's interview, a government spokesman said: "The Police and the Public Prosecutor's Office have identified these men as the main suspects in connection with the attack in Salisbury.
"The government is clear that 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 explain what happened in Salisbury in March, today, as we have seen it everywhere, they have responded with obfuscation and lies."
Vladimir Putin, photographed at an economic forum in Russia yesterday, says his country's authorities have found the men suspected of the Novichok attack and say his trip to Britain was not criminal
On the left, a supposed image of the poisoning suspect Ruslan Boshirov and, on the right, a supposed photo of the suspect Alexander Petrov
RT editor Margarita Simonyan tweeted today that she spent the night with the suspects and suggested that they deny any part of the plot
The bottle of Fake Nina Ricci perfume used by the killers of Salisbury was manufactured by the best scientists of the branch & # 39; Q-ski & # 39; of Russian military intelligence
Police have posted images of the perfume bottle that they say was adapted to help the two Russian suspects carry out their lethal attack
The Russians spent a fortune on the small bottle of perfume inspired by James Bond used to carry novichok, including the development of new technology to ensure that it was not a suicide mission for their agents, as revealed by experts today.
Bretton-Gordon's Hamish, one of Britain's top chemical weapons experts, says the fake Nina Ricci Premier Jour flask could only have been produced by Putin's best scientists in his most sophisticated and secret laboratory.
He told MailOnline: "They needed to make sure that the men who carried out the attack did not kill themselves while they were doing it. It would be deeply embarrassing for his agents to die in a foreign land. "
The two assassins, using the aliases Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, smoothly drove Novichok's bottle to the United Kingdom before spraying it on Sergei Skripal's main gate in the suburbs of Salisbury in March.
Experts believe that the failed coup came after three months of development and tests probably sanctioned at the highest levels of the Russian state.
The laboratory, called "Q-ski" after the research and development division of the British Secret Service in James Bond, manufactured the bottle and the "one-way" applicator nozzle, making it impossible for Novichok to leak in transit. .
It was also made of special hardened glass, plastic or ceramic that surely would not break, break or degrade while carrying one of the deadliest weapons in the world.
Viktoria Skripal, niece of former poisoned double agent Sergei Skripal, said yesterday: "According to my information, the real Alexander Petrov was not in the UK at that time, these are ordinary people Petrov's work is not even related to the government" .
She said that Petrov and Boshirov are completely bewildered and shocked by what is happening.
"I knew from the first day that this whole story about the participation of Petrov and Boshirov is false."
This claim seemed to contradict Putin, who said that the Russian government had "met" him. to the couple identified by Great Britain.
MailOnline revealed that the suspects bought shop windows in Salisbury minutes after they tried to assassinate former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
The first exclusive footage of the assassins shows the two men who seem relaxed and in good spirits as they strolled down the street towards the Salisbury station to make their escape.
The suspects received genuine Russian passports and then obtained visas from the British embassy in Moscow under fake aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov to avoid detection during their assassination mission in March.
Their passports were used repeatedly on trips from Moscow to Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan and Paris between September 2016 and March 2018, and British investigators now strive to find out exactly what Russian spies were doing in Europe.
Petrov's passport was also used in London on February 28, 2017, a year before his failed mission to kill former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent stained on the door of his house in the suburbs of Salisbury
The details of the trip have been published by Fontanka, an independent Russian media with a solid track record of investigative reports on the Putin regime.
Hamish of Bretton Gordon, one of Britain's leading chemical weapons experts, told MailOnline that UK security sources informed him that the men, who were military agents of GRU, had hidden stories that helped them avoid being detained at the border of the United Kingdom.
He said: The passports were perfect in every detail, including all electrical circuits and circuits. It deceived the electronic security of the British border, which is considered one of the best. We also gave them visas, they must have had a plausible background story. "
Mr. Bretton Gordon suggested that Russia could even have pirated the border security system of the United Kingdom to ensure twice that they had not been identified as "persons of interest" and interviewed. The Ministry of the Interior today denied it.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said that Vladimir Putin is the ultimate responsible & # 39; of the Novichok attack due to his strong control of the GRU espionage network that sent two killers & # 39; calamitous & # 39; in a pathetic & # 39; mission to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
He said: "The state had clearly decided to sit behind this action and lend its logistics." The men received genuine passports, provided with aliases that survived a certain level of proof and visas used by many law-abiding Russians to visit Britain. for holidays or business.
"The Russian state, which we know had invented novichok, must have made sure that it was put in a package that was there to disguise it, if you let them enter your system, the air side in Russia becomes more difficult to detect" .
Wallace said he is "100 percent sure" that the men named carried out the attack and claimed that Vladimir Putin is ultimately responsible for the actions of his spies, but added: "This was more Johnny English than James Bond."
He said: "Ultimately he does, insofar as he is president of the Russian Federation and it is his government that controls, finances and directs military intelligence, that is the GRU, through his minister defense. I do not think anyone can say that Mr. Putin is not in control of his state.
A spokesman for the prime minister, in today's photo, reiterated claims by British authorities that the men were agents of Russian intelligence and accused the Kremlin of "lies".
They were accused of the Novichok attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, right, and his daughter Yulia, left
The movements of & # 39; killers & # 39; from Novichok revealed: the spies flew to Britain from Russia before taking the train to Salisbury
Scotland Yard today released detailed information on the movements of the main suspects in the attack of the novichok nerve agent.
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov arrived in the United Kingdom on Friday afternoon in March and checked into a budget hotel in East London.
On Saturday, a day before the attack, they undertook a reconnaissance trip to Salisbury before returning to London.
On Sunday, they took another train to Salisbury and it is believed that they stained the novichok at Mr. Skripal's door. That afternoon they returned to London and flew from Heathrow hours after the Skripals were collapsed in a park.
Friday, March 2: 15:00: The suspects arrive at Gatwick airport, flying from Moscow on the SU2588 flight from Aeroflot.
The CCTV images from 3 p. M. On Friday, March 2 they show Petrov (left) and Boshirov (right) arriving at Gatwick airport on a flight from Moscow
Friday, March 2 at 5.40 p.m.: After traveling to London by train, the pair arrives at Victoria station.
18:00: They traveled to Waterloo station, where they were seen between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
7pm: The pair then traveled to the City Stay Hotel in Bow Road, East London, where they stayed the night of Friday, March 2.
Saturday, March 3: 11:00 am: They left the hotel and took the subway to Waterloo station, arriving at approximately 11.45 a. M.
The two spies were photographed in Salisbury the day before the attack, when they undertook a reconnaissance trip.
2.25 p.m. After taking a train to Salisbury from Waterloo, they arrive at the city of the cathedral, the day before the attack.
4.10 p.m.: After carrying out what the police believe was an acknowledgment of the Salisbury area, they leave the city and return to London.
8.05 p.m.: They return to their hotel in Bow and stay there at night.
Sunday, March 4: 8am: They made the same trip from the hotel, once again using the subway from Bow station to Waterloo before continuing their train journey to Salisbury. CCTV then showed them in the vicinity of Mr. Skripal's house and the police believed they contaminated the front door with novichok.
The couple is depicted at the Salisbury train station on the morning of the day when the Skripals were poisoned
The couple is represented on Wilton Road, Salisbury, shortly before noon on March 4, the day the skripals were poisoned with novichok.
The pair was seen on Fisherton Road in Salisbury on March 4, shortly after 1 pm, around the time it is believed that the nerve agent has been stained at the entrance door of their target.
As they walk through Salisbury on the day of the attack, they are seen on CCTV on Fisherton Road shortly after 1 p.m.
The couple was seen at the Salisbury train station shortly before 2 p.m. M. March 4. It is believed that this was after they left the novichok at the door.
4.45 p.m .: Upon arriving at Waterloo station, he returned after an hour and a half trip from Salisbury.
6.30 p.m. They boarded the London Underground to London Heathrow Airport.
10:30 pm: They fly from London, returning to Moscow on the SU2585 flight from Aeroflot.
The two men were seen passing through security at Heathrow on their way back to Russia at 7.30pm, only hours after the Skripals were found collapsed in the park at Salisbury
A critic of Putin's regime has claimed that the suspects are "already dead" and that the search for them is futile.
Andrei Piontkovsky believes that Petrov and Boshirov could have been executed to hide traces of the alleged crime.
He compared the case with that of Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, the men accused by Great Britain of poisoning Alexander Litvinenko with polonium in 2006.
Lugovoy and Kovtun went public to deny the claims shortly after being accused, which means that the Russian authorities then protected them, said Piontkovsky.
"Lugovoy and Kovtun were rescued and ran to Ecko (radio station) and made public," said the respected mathematician and political analyst.
& # 39; One (Lugovoy) even had to be made MP. If & # 39; Petrov & # 39; and & # 39; Bashirov & # 39; They do not appear in the next few days, it means they are already dead & # 39;
Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that the evidence of CCTV & # 39; clearly & # 39; he places the two Russians near the house of the Skripals shortly before the attack on them.
La policía Met publicó fotografías de la artimaña elaborada utilizada por los agentes rusos, incluida una reconstrucción perfecta del embalaje para transportar el arma
Una línea de tiempo de los desarrollos clave en el caso de envenenamiento de Salisbury
2010 – Sergei Skripal, un ex oficial de inteligencia militar ruso encarcelado por espiar para Gran Bretaña, es liberado y trasladado al Reino Unido como parte de un intercambio con agentes rusos atrapados en Estados Unidos. Se establece en Salisbury.
3 de marzo de 2018 – Yulia Skripal llega al aeropuerto de Heathrow desde Rusia para visitar a su padre en Inglaterra.
4 de marzo, 9.15 a.m. – El BMW burdeos de Sergei Skripal se ve en los suburbios de Salisbury, cerca de un cementerio, donde se conmemoran a su esposa e hijo.
4 de marzo, 1.30 p.m. – Se ve al BMW conduciendo hacia el centro de Salisbury.
4 de marzo, 1.40 p.m. – El BMW está estacionado en un lote en el centro de Salisbury.
Un oficial de policía monta guardia afuera del restaurante Zizzi donde Sergei y Yulia almorzaron antes de colapsar en un parque cercano
4 de marzo, tarde – Sergei y Yulia Skripal visitan el pub Bishops Mill.
4 de marzo, 2.20 p.m. a 3.35 p.m. – Sergei y Yulia Skripal almuerzan en el restaurante Zizzi.
4 de marzo, 4.15 p.m. – Los servicios de emergencia son llamados por un transeúnte preocupado por un hombre y una mujer en el centro de la ciudad de Salisbury.
Los oficiales encuentran a los Skripals inconscientes en un banco. Los llevan al hospital del distrito de Salisbury, donde permanecen en estado crítico.
5 de marzo, por la mañana – La policía dice que dos personas en Salisbury están siendo tratadas por sospecha de exposición a una sustancia desconocida.
El sargento detective Nick Bailey fue uno de los primeros oficiales de policía en la escena y él mismo fue hospitalizado
5 de marzo, tarde – La policía de Wiltshire, junto con Public Health England, declaran un 'incidente importante'
7 de Marzo – La policía anuncia que los Skripals probablemente fueron envenenados con un agente nervioso en un intento de asesinato dirigido.
Revelan que un agente de policía que respondió al incidente está en estado grave en un hospital.
8 de marzo – El secretario del Interior, Amber Rudd, describe que el uso de un agente neurotóxico en el Reino Unido fue un "acto descarado e imprudente" de intento de asesinato
9 de marzo – Alrededor de 180 soldados entrenados en guerra química y descontaminación son desplegados en Salisbury para ayudar con la investigación policial.
El ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Rusia, Sergey Lavrov, dijo que Moscú podría estar dispuesto a ayudar con la investigación, pero expresa su resentimiento ante las sugerencias de que el Kremlin estaba detrás del ataque.
11 de Marzo – Los funcionarios de salud pública les dicen a las personas que visitaron el restaurante Zizzi o el pub Bishops Mill en Salisbury el día del ataque o al día siguiente que se laven la ropa como medida de precaución.
12 de marzo, por la mañana– La primera ministra Theresa May le dice a la Cámara de los Comunes que los Skripals fueron envenenados con Novichok, un agente nervioso de grado militar desarrollado por la Unión Soviética durante la Guerra Fría.
12 de marzo, tarde – Public Health England pide a todos los que visitaron el centro de la ciudad de Salisbury el día del ataque que laven toda su ropa y pertenencias.
Officers wearing chemical protection suits secure the forensic tent over the bench where Sergei and Yulia fell ill
March 14 – The PM announces the expulsion of 23 suspected Russian spies from the country's UK Embassy.
March 22 – Nick Bailey, the police officer injured in the attack, is released from hospital.
March 26 – The United States and 22 other countries join Britain in expelling scores of Russian spies from capitals across the globe.
March 29 – Doctors say Yulia Skripal is 'improving rapidly' in hospital.
April 3 – The chief of the Porton Down defence laboratory said it could not verify the 'precise source' of the nerve agent.
April 5, morning – Yulia Skripal's cousin Viktoria says she has received a call from Yulia saying she plans to leave hospital soon.
Dawn Sturgess died in hospital on July 8
April 5, afternoon – A statement on behalf of Yulia is released by Metropolitan Police, in which she says her strength is 'growing daily' and that 'daddy is fine'.
April 9 – Ms Skripal is released from hospital and moved to a secure location.
May 18 – Sergei Skripal is released from hospital 11 weeks after he was poisoned.
June 30 – Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley fall ill at a property in Amesbury, which is eight miles from Salisbury, and are rushed to hospital.
July 4 – Police declare a major incident after Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley are exposed to an 'unknown substance', later revealed to be Novichok.
July 5 – Sajid Javid demands an explanation over the two poisonings as he accuses the Russian state of using Britain as a 'dumping ground for poison'.
July 8 – Mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess, 44, dies in hospital due to coming into contact with Novichok.
July 10 – Mr Rowley regains consciousness at hospital, and later tells his brother that Dawn had sprayed the Novichok onto her wrists.
July 19 – Police are believed to have identified the perpetrators of the attack.
August 20 – Charlie Rowley is rushed to hospital as he starts to lose his site, but doctors can't confirm whether it has anything to do with the poisoning.
August 26 – Charlie Rowley admitted to intensive care unit with meningitis
August 28 – Police call in the 'super recognisers' in bid to track down the poisoners
4th of September – Charlie Rowley's brother says he has 'lost all hope' and doesn't have long to live.
Independent investigators, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, confirm the toxic chemical that killed Ms Sturgess was the same nerve agent as that which poisoned the Skripals.
September 5 – Scotland Yard and CPS announce enough evidence to charge Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for conspiracy to murder over Salisbury nerve agent attack.
Putin's show of strength: Russia begins 'war games' by parading nuclear-capable missiles that can reach London and mobilising 300,000 troops and 36,000 tanks alongside Chinese forces in rehearsals for a 'large conflict'
Russian president Vladimir Putin's denial his country had anything to do with the Novichok poisoning comes a day after he paraded nuclear-capable missiles that are able to reach London in rehearsals for a 'large conflict' alongside Chinese soldiers.
Beijing issued a veiled threat to US President Donald Trump as it launched its largest every military drills, with 300,000 Russian troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a massive show of force that has rattled the West.
The week-long war games dubbed 'Vostok-2018' (East-2018), 'have kicked off' in far eastern Russia and on the Pacific Ocean, the Russian defence ministry said in a statement.
Hundreds of thousands of troops including Chinese soldiers are taking part in Russia's largest every military drills. Pictured, Russian armored personnel carriers roll during the military exercises in the Chita region, eastern Siberia
The Ministry of Defense released videos of military vehicles, planes, helicopters and ships that were placed in position for the initial stage of the simulations.
Several frigates equipped with Kalibr missiles that have been used in Syria during the games are seen in Russian waters on Tuesday
It broadcast images on Tuesday of military trucks being transported on trains, columns of tanks, armoured vehicles and warships on the move, ships getting into position and combat helicopters and fighter aircraft taking off.
The ministry said that this activity was part of the first stage of the exercise, which will last until September 17, and involved the deployment of additional forces in the far east of Russia and a naval buildup involving its northern and southern fleets. Peaceful.
El objetivo principal era comprobar la disposición de los militares para mover grandes distancias a las tropas, comprobar qué tan de cerca cooperaban la infantería y las fuerzas navales, y perfeccionar los procedimientos de mando y control. Las etapas posteriores incluirán ensayos de escenarios defensivos y ofensivos.
The week-long war games dubbed 'Vostok-2018' (East-2018), kicked off in far eastern Russia. Pictured, a military aircraft getting into position on Tuesday
Las imágenes de Drone capturaron una flota rusa cargada con un misil antes de los juegos de guerra apodados 'Vostok-2018'
A Russian soldier guards an area during the military exercises in the Chita region of eastern Siberia during the Vostok-2018 exercises in Russia
The defence ministry said the largest military drills since the end of the Cold War will involve about 36,000 tanks and 300,000 troops at sea and on the ground. China is sending 3,200 troops to take part in the exercises later this week.
They coincide with talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an economic forum in Vladivostok in Russia's far east on Tuesday, at which he claimed his authorities 'knew who the Novichok suspects were'.
The military exercises come at a time of escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over accusations of Russian interference in western affairs and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
The Russian army has compared the show of force to the USSR's 1981 war games that saw between 100,000 and 150,000 Warsaw Pact soldiers take part in 'Zapad-81' (West-81) – the largest military exercises of the Soviet era.
China's President Xi Jinping (left) and Vladimir Putin (centre) toast with a shot of vodka at a pancakes stand on Tuesday
Russian armored personnel carriers pass through the region of Chita, Eastern Siberia, during the war games on Tuesday
The Russian army is rolling out all of its latest additions for the massive military exercises including T-80 and T-90 tanks
Russian military helicopters fly, in the Chita region, eastern Siberia, during the Vostok 2018 exercises in Russia
Some 30 aircraft from the Chinese air force will also take part in the five day drills.
The Chinese claimed the vast operation was not 'directed against any third party' and would focus purely on 'defences, firepower strikes and counterattack.'
La última de una serie de simulacros masivos ordenados por Putin se produce en un momento de creciente tensión entre Moscú y Occidente por acusaciones de interferencia rusa en asuntos occidentales y conflictos en curso en Ucrania y Siria.
Vostok-2018 also features more than twice the number of troops in the entire British armed forces, which is just below 150,000.
The Kremlin has also accused NATO of expanding westwards and threatening Russian national security.