Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has interceded in the controversy about the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury earlier this year. ‘Salisbury is a holiday destination, Thomas Cook is a holiday firm, people die in Thomas Cook resorts,’ he said today, adding ‘Simples’ – insisting that the evidence is there for all to see.
Commenting on the Nina Ricci perfume bottle found to contain Novichoc and resulting in the death of Dawn Sturgess, Putin pointed out that the bottle was ‘almost certainly’ Duty Free and Thomas Cook sells Duty Free perfumes. He also pointed out that the two Russian men wanted in connection of the attack do not wear perfume and have not submitted expense claims for perfume to the GRU, which ‘they don’t belong to, so they cannot be the suspects’.
Thomas Cook denied being an active arm of the Russian Military, but added they couldn’t confirm or deny that the two Russians on the wanted list ‘weren’t flight attendants.’