Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Putin calls poisoned ex-spy Skripal 'scumbag'

Putin calls poisoned ex-spy Skripal 'scumbag'

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.

'He's just a spy, a traitor to the motherland, ' Putin said of Skripal at an global energy forum.

"He was simply a spy".

The Russian leader, a former intelligence officer himself, then described Mr Skripal as a "traitor to the motherland". There is such a concept - a traitor to the motherland.

"He's simply a scumbag, that's all".

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found poisoned in a Salisbury park this past March.

He again denied charges Russian Federation was behind the poisoning, saying: "No one had to poison anyone there (in Britain)".

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Authorities said the deadly nerve agent was smuggled to Britain in a counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle and applied to the front door of Mr Skripal's house.

Asked about worldwide sanctions on Russian Federation triggered by the March 4 poisoning, Putin denounced what he described as an "information campaign" over the case and said London has stonewalled Moscow's proposal to conduct a joint probe.

"We didn't need to poison anyone over there".

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were formally accused of attempting to murder former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, are seen in an image handed out by the Metropolitan Police in London on September 5.

Mr Putin also admitted that Moscow knew that Mr Skripal had cooperated with foreign intelligence upon his release in a 2010 spy swap.

"Did problems between intelligence services start yesterday?" quipped Putin.

An investigation by the website Bellingcat claimed Ruslan Boshirov is in fact 39-year-old Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, a veteran GRU officer who has served in Chechnya and Ukraine.

He added on a sarcastic note that 'espionage and prostitution are among the most important professions'.

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