The Salisbury poisoning suspects’ denial of any plan to target a former Russian spy and his daughter has drawn much scepticism online.
The terms “Russians” and “Salisbury” trended on Twitter in the UK after Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told the state-funded TV channel Russia Today (RT) they were only in Salisbury on 3 March as tourists to visit the cathedral and nearby Stonehenge.
Many have mocked the interview in which they said friends had told them to visit “this wonderful town, Salisbury, which has a famous cathedral and 123m spire, and is famous for its clock”.
They also said they wanted to go to Stonehenge but were prevented from doing so because there was “muddy slush everywhere”.
Here are some of the most memorable tweets on the social media website:
:: Dr Who cybermen
:: Actor on ‘famous’ Skripal door handle
Of course those Russians were just tourists. Everyone knows that Salisbury has 2 world-class tourist attractions:
1. The cathedral
2. The famous Skripal Door Handle.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) September 13, 2018
:: Salisbury MP hails ‘world-class’ attractions
Salisbury welcomes tourists from around the world and is very much open for business. But the Petrov/Borishov statements are not credible and don’t match the widely accepted intelligence we have on these individuals. (2/2)
— John Glen MP (@JohnGlenUK) September 13, 2018
:: One tweeter is reminded of rapper Jay-Z’s visit to Salisbury
:: Tripadvisor ‘review’
:: Cathedral knowledge mocked
“Yeah well the thing with Salisbury is the close. You don’t see it from the pictures. While the church itself is great, it’s the setting that really makes it special, especially given it was saved from road widening schemes in the Victorian era unlike other examples.” pic.twitter.com/jW6VwIOXXL
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) September 13, 2018
:: Foreign secretary on ‘fake TV shows’
:: Cathedral notes spire’s height
Salisbury Cathedral’s spire is the tallest in Britain, reaching the impressive height of 123m! It is no wonder that it can be seen for miles around and plays such a significant part of the surrounding landscape.
Photograph by Ash Mills pic.twitter.com/NbfcSwGjVg
— Salisbury Cathedral (@SalisburyCath) September 13, 2018
:: Salisbury not Scunthorpe
It’s lucky for them the Skripals lived in Salisbury and not in Scunthorpe or right now they would be saying
“We really had to visit Scunthorpe as it was the setting of a 2012 Cultural Olympiad community opera called Cycle Song, about a past steel-worker”
— Bassman Bob (@spottie999) September 13, 2018
:: Russian Embassy rebukes ‘insults’