Putin trashes poisoned ex-spy Skripal: ‘He’s simply a scumbag’

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech while attending the Forum of Small Towns and Historical Settlements in the town of Kolomna, south of Moscow, Russia January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov/Pool Thomson Reuters

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Sergei Skripal, a former double agent poisoned in Britain, had betrayed the motherland. 
  • “He was simply a spy. A traitor to the motherland. He’s simply a scumbag, that’s all,” Putin said, in remarks that drew applause from parts of the audience.
  • Putin also dismissed the allegation that Russia was responsible for the accidental poisoning of Dawn Sturgess, a Salisbury-area woman who British police said died after coming into contact with the nerve agent Novichok.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that a former double agent poisoned in Britain had betrayed the motherland, calling Sergei Skripal a scumbag.

Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury in March. Britain says they were poisoned with a nerve agent administered by Russian intelligence officers.

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