“I have no comment for now. Maybe later. Next week I think,” Petrov said.The man appeared to be a different person than the attacker wanted in the UK, raising questions as to whether Russian authorities are preparing a scapegoat for the attack. A relative of the Petrov in Tomsk told The Telegraph his middle name was Sergeyevich, which did not match the middle name of the Petrov who went to Salisbury, according to a diplomatic source. Alexander Petrov is a very common name in Russia. Photographs on his social media page, which were retrieved by The Telegraph before they were later deleted, appeared to show a different man to that one seen in the photograph and Salisbury CCTV footage of Alexander Petrov released by UK police. The two Russians charged with attempted murder in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have told their story to a TV network funded by The Kremlin. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were interviewed by the editor-in-chief of RT – formerly Russia Today – Margarita Simonyan who said she had “spent an evening” with the suspects. She promised to air the interview later on Thursday, a day after Vladimir Putin called on the two men to speak to the media. Petrov and Boshirov have been charged with attempting to murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March by spraying Novichok nerve agent on the handle of their door. Scotland Yard have said these names are probably aliases. In a series of tweets, Simonyan said she was called by the two men and carried out the interview in Russian before it was translated to English.She added: “I wasn’t looking for them. More specifically, our journalists were searching for them just like all other professional journalists, through social networks, sources and so on. We even found a few, but not the right ones.”They refused to give an interview to anyone else, even our journalists, because, in their words, they know me from TV and read my social media and for that reason, again in their words, trust me.” Following Mr Putin’s statement, state media Rossiya 24 spoke with an employee of Virion, a branch of the state pharmaceutical company Microgen in the Siberian city of Tomsk, named Alexander Petrov. “We know who they are, we found them,” he said at a panel with the leaders of China and Japan. “I hope they will appear on their own to talk about themselves, that will be better for everyone. There’s nothing especially criminal there, I assure you.”His comments suggested that Russia would put forward the men to deny or muddy the waters around the British accusations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Last week Scotland Yard revealed the suspects had travelled to the UK on Friday, March 2 on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.After spending the night at a budget hotel in east London they carried out a reconnaissance operation in Salisbury on the Saturday before carrying out the assassination attempt on Sunday 4 March.They are accused of smearing the deadly nerve agent Novichok on Mr Skripal’s door handle in an attack that left him and his daughter critically ill. Downing Street on Wednesday dismissed Moscow’s denials, insisting the men were both members of Russia’s GRU, military intelligence unit.The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We have repeatedly asked Russia to account for what happened in Salisbury in March and they have replied with obfuscation and lies.”Russian media reports have suggested that Boshirov is a 40-year-old Moscow State University graduate who was living in the capital, while Petrov was said to 39.But the names are understood to be aliases so it remains unclear whether the men being referred to by Mr Putin are the same ones who appeared in the CCTV footage in Salisbury. Asked about the case on Wednesday at the eastern economic forum in Vladivostok, Mr Putin tried to shift the blame away from the Russian state, insisting that the two men were “civilians”.