Simonyan spoke about his reaction to the call Petrov and Bashirova

Chief editor of the Agency Russia today RT TV channel Margarita Simonyan. Archive photoSimonyan spoke about his reaction to the call Petrov and Bashirova

Chief editor MIA «Russia today» and RT Margarita Simonyan said that at first didn’t believe that she called themselves Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov suspected UK involvement in «case Skrypalia».

Interview Bashirova and Petrov RT and Sputnik was published on Thursday. Simonyan said earlier that Petrov and Bashirov left on her own by calling on the mobile.

«They called me calling first one, then a second. In my opinion, afraid to mix, first called Petrov, then Bashirov, but in my opinion, it does not matter. They said that Yes, we are such people, would you drive up for an interview. Of course, I can’t say that I immediately believed, because, you know, and there are pranks, and there are all sorts of bogus situations», — said Simonyan in the program «60 minutes» on TV channel «Russia 1», answering the question, who exactly called her first and when it happened.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin informed during the Eastern economic forum in Vladivostok said that the Russian authorities know the identity of the «suspects» in the «case Skrypalia», which said London. The head of state asked them to come forward and talk to the media. Simonyan difficult to answer the question, how long after Putin’s statement Petrov and Bashirov went with her.

«I can’t say how much time has passed, I honestly don’t remember how much it was Putin who said it, and I’m not sure when I read the news that Putin said, already at that time not several hours passed, given, which at the time was the President,» she said.

Fourth of March in Salisbury was poisoned, former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia, which triggered a major international scandal. In London said that the incident involved Russia, Moscow categorically denies it.

Russia has repeatedly offered to conduct a joint investigation of the incident, but London ignored the initiative and denied access Scriply. Also the foreign Ministry has accused the British Prime Minister Theresa may in a lie. So, she claimed that the poison was manufactured in Russia. However, in the laboratory Porton Down is denied.

Later London showed photos of two «suspects in the poisoning Skrypalia», claiming that two officers of the GRU – Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov. In Moscow said that the names of Russia «nothing to say» and once again called on Britain to move on from accusations and manipulation to cooperation.

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