American counterintelligence officials have reviewed protocols to protect those informants and search for any liabilities, including social media presences or information shared with family members that would make it easier for Russian agents to find the defectors, the Times reported.
When the interviewer asked them whether they had Novichok or any poison with them, they emphatically said no.
"We walked around, enjoying those lovely English Gothic buildings", Boshirov said.
British authorities have charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with conspiracy to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. The pair were also picked up by surveillance video in the vicinity of the Skripal house on the day of the attack, March 4, 2017.
"They demanded that only one camera run during the interview and refused to show their IDs", RT says of the interview carried out by Simonyan. "The sun was shining". If we want to kill Russians in Britain, we will.
"Today - just as we have seen throughout - they have responded with obfuscation and lies".
RT's editor-in-chief said the two men reached out to her as they wanted to tell their story because they are now living in fear for their lives. Police released CCTV footage purporting to show them leaving at 1.50pm. "There are lots of tourists", said Boshirov, "lots of Russian tourists".
"There's the famous Salisbury cathedral, famous not just in Europe, but in the whole world". It's famous for it's 123m spire. Those details are not common knowledge for most Britons, but they are available on the Wikipedia page of the cathedral. "We went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but ... there was muddy slush everywhere", said Petrov.
"The last time Russian military claimed to be on holiday was when they invaded Ukraine in 2014", Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted.
On Thursday, the pair denied the allegations from London and claimed to have had no knowledge of Skripal at the time of their visit to Salisbury. "Consider that the winter can be really rough, especially if you are from Russian Federation and you are not used to 2cm of snow", another user wrote.
The men are civilians and "we know who they are", Putin told an economic forum in Vladivostok on Wednesday in his first comments on the United Kingdom allegations. The station said it would air more of the interview later.
"When your life [is] turned upside down, you don't know what to do and where to go". "I have no idea".
Simonyan later wrote on Twitter: "Guys, I don't know if they're gay or not". By Sunday, it was 9 degrees in Salisbury, and the snow had melted nearly everywhere, which CCTV images showing Petrov and Boshirov clearly shows. In the interview, they claimed friends had recommended Salisbury as a tourist destination. When you go through customs, they check all your belongings.
They again were recorded in the center of town an hour later and were at the station by 1:50 p.m., two hours after arriving. "We return to London frightened by a few flurries of snow that we never see in Moscow and then immediately we leave for Moscow where it is much warmer in March".
It is nevertheless odd to spent only two hours in a city that is one of the key reasons for a visit to England.