September 13, 2018 / 3:30 PM / 9 days ago

Britain says Russia interview is 'an insult', 'deeply offensive': PM May's spokesman

(This Sept 13 story corrects to say suspects accused of attempted murder of former spy, not murder, in first paragraph)

A still image taken from a video footage and released by RT international news channel on September 13, 2018, shows two Russian men with the same names, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as those accused by Britain over the case of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, during an interview at an unidentified location, Russia. RT/Handout via REUTERS TV

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain criticized on Thursday an interview with two Russians resembling men which it accuses of attempting to murder a former spy, saying it was “an insult to the public’s intelligence” and “deeply offensive”.

“The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station are an insult to the public’s intelligence. More importantly they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman told reporters.

“Sadly, it is what we have come to expect ... The police have set out very clearly the evidence against these two men. They are wanted men and we have taken all steps to ensure they are apprehended and brought to justice in the UK if they ever again step foot outside Russia.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper

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