Russian newspapers question why the two suspected poisoners – who said they were in England to admire the architecture – were unable to show identification or give more details on their work or private lives
'The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station are an insult to the public's intelligence,' Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman says
Putin urges the men to address the media saying there was 'nothing criminal' about them, as he speaks at an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok
The Daily Telegraph newspaper, citing an unnamed security source, says the two men had posed as businessmen to obtain their visas from the British consulate in Saint Petersburg.
UK Security Minister Ben Wallace on Putin: 'Ultimately he does in so far as he is the president of the Russian Federation and it is his government that controls, funds and directs the military intelligence, the GRU, via his ministry of defense'