Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told the Kremlin-supported RT network on Thursday that they had made a short trip to Salisbury because "our friends have long pointed out that we are visiting this wonderful city" and mentioned the historic cathedral of the city.
They claimed to have nothing to do with the attack on Segrei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who had been poisoned when the couple was in Salisbury in March.
In an interview with RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, two men identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov said they had nothing to do with poisoning the scripts. They said they had turned to RT to tell their story page.
The two men said that they had visited England only to see sights like Stonehenge.
"We came there on March 2nd and then went to a train station to see the timetable," Petrov said, according to RT's translation of the interview. "We arrived in Salisbury on March 3rd and tried to walk around the city, but it only took us half an hour because it was covered in snow."
Boshirov said the two men "did not spend more than an hour in Salisbury, mainly because of the delays between the trains."
The two men denied having Novichok or any poison with them.
Asked by Simonyan if they had the bottle of perfume shown as evidence by the British authorities, Boshirov said, "Is it ridiculous for decent lads to have female perfumes?" The customs authorities are checking everything, they have questions about why men have women Perfume in her luggage, we did not have it. "
According to RT, the two men were "desperate" to be named by the UK as Russian secret agents allegedly involved in the poisoning.
"We are afraid of going out, we are afraid of ourselves, our lives and the lives of our loved ones," said Boshirov.
"Of course we saw what kind of people they are, and we know who they are, we found them," Putin told an audience at the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok. "There is nothing unusual or criminal, I assure you."
Putin seemed to point out that they should tell their story publicly. "Let them come out somewhere, to you in the media," he said, describing the men as "civilians."