Speaking at the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin weighed in on the Sergei Skripal hoax, calling the former double agent as a “traitor” and “scum.”
In a quick and sharp trolling of embattled UK PM Theresa May, Putin said the whole Skripal affair had been blown out of proportion, adding that “the faster [the media campaign] ends, the better.”
Putin told the audience at the forum…
Some media outlets are “pushing through a theory that Mr Skripal is some sort of a rights activist. He’s plainly a spy. A traitor to his homeland. There’s such a thing – being a traitor to the homeland. He is one.”
“Imagine, if there’s a person in your country who betrayed it. How would you treat him?”
“He’s plainly scum.”
According to RT, Putin said that Russia has repeatedly urged the UK to provide Moscow with materials on the Skripal case, yet the requests have been squarely ignored. The Kremlin has said that the former double agent, poisoned in Salisbury with his daughter Yulia in March – after already serving a jail sentence in Russia, was of no real interest for Russia.
“This Skripal, as I’ve already said, is a traitor, who was caught, punished and who spent five years behind bars. That’s it. He went abroad and continued to cooperate, consulting some intelligence services there,” Putin added.