>> A scumbag and a traitor. Vladimir Putin's thoughts on poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal. Skripal, a former Russian double agent, was poisoned with his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury in March. Britain blames Russian intelligence. Moscow denies involvement in an affair, that has deepened its international isolation.
Hold your sympathy for Skripal, Putin told this Moscow energy forum Wednesday.>>
> There is such a concept, traitor to the motherland.
>> Putin says the weapon was Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, and accuses two Russian intelligence men of jetting to England to try to murder Skripal. Putin, himself a former intelligence officer, said Moscow had released Skripal as part of a spy swap, so Russia had no motive to kill him.