Russian President Vladimir Putin today claimed a former spy poisoned in Britain had betrayed the motherland – branding Sergei Skripal a “scumbag”.
The former double agent and his daughter Yulia were infamously found slumped on a public bench in Salisbury in the U.K. in March.
The British authorities say they were poisoned with a nerve agent administered by a pair of undercover Russian intelligence officers.
Russia and Putin strongly deny any involvement in the shocking affair, which has deepened Moscow’s international isolation in recent months.
He reiterated Russia’s stance that it has nothing to do with the Novichok poisoning – despite credible reports two Kremlin spies were behind the attempted hit.