Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called former Russian military spy turned defector Sergei Skripal a “traitor” and “scum”.
His comments come seven months after Russian agents attempted to murder him and his daughter with a deadly nerve agent, according to UK security services.
Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found slumped over a bench in Salisbury in March this year.
Even when the Metropolitan Police released CCTV images of the two men suspected to have carried out the poisoning in Salisbury on the day the Skripals fell ill, Russian officials claimed they were innocent tourists.
Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday former Russian spy Sergei Skirpal, who was poisoned this year in Britain, betrayed his country.
Although Putin has denied any involvement in the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter in March, he lashed out at the character of the former double agent at an energy forum in Moscow.
"I see that some of your colleagues are pushing the theory that Mr. Skripal was almost some kind of human rights activist," Putin said at the energy forum.
Also at the summit, Putin partially agreed with President Donald Trump that oil prices were too high, but added that it's Trump's fault.
"President Trump has said he thinks the oil price is too high.
Britain says Skripal was poisoned with a Soviet-designed nerve agent by members of Russia's military intelligence in March, a claim that led to diplomatic crisis between the two countries.
Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence colonel, was found guilty of passing state secrets to Britain and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006.
However, Putin once again laughed off British charges that two members of Russia's GRU military intelligence service had sought to poison Skripal and his daughter Yulia with Novichok in the English city of Salisbury in March.
Putin dismisses allegations He, once again, denied the charges that Russia was behind the poisoning of Skripal, saying: "No one had to poison anyone there (in Britain)."
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Vladimir Putin calls Sergei Skripal, ex-spy who was poisoned with a military grade nerve agent in Britain, a traitor and a scumbag, the first time Putin has directly condemned Skripal.
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Vladimir Putin calls poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal a traitor to his homeland
Vladimir Putin has lashed out at Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy poisoned in Salisbury, calling him a traitor
Putin has spoken about Sergei Skripal, the poisoned Salisbury spy: some are almost pushing a theory that Mr Skripal is some sort of human rights activist. Hes just a spy who betrayed his country. A traitor to his motherland. Hes just a scumbag.