Putin calls ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal a ‘scumbag,’ traitor

Posted October 04, 2018

And if you think about it, going back to Helsinki, when President Putin met with President Trump, President Putin told the world that he actually supported President Trump - he wanted President Trump to win, I should say, in the election because President Trump promised better relations with the United States.

This short, off-season worldwide jaunt just happened to coincide precisely with the poisoning of the Skripals.

Authorities accused him of being a double-agent who shared Russian state secrets with Britain's MI6. He was pardoned by then-president Dmitry Medvedev and released as part of a spy swap with the West in 2010.

The two leaders are expected to review bilateral defence cooperation amid USA sanctions against Russian defence manufacturing.

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Sergei Skripal spent weeks hospitalised with his daughter after both were poisoned in March.

More than three months later, the bottle was found by a local man, Charlie Rowley.

File photo of Dawn Sturgess. Britain secured support of its allies for the coordinated expulsion of more than 150 Russian diplomats, provoking a tit-for-tat response.

India is going into this year's summit from a position of economic strength - the country is ranked by the International Monetary Fund among the world's ten biggest economies of 2018 - while Russian Federation is grappling with a host of economic woes brought on by the lack of reforms and the impact of Western sanctions. He apparently misspoke as the euphemism for prostitution is "oldest profession".

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"There was no need for poisoning", said Putin, himself a former KGB officer.

Mr Putin's outburst came days after one of Mr Skripal's poisoners was unmasked as a decorated colonel in Russia's GRU intelligence service.

Putin said Britain should go through proper channels to cooperate with Russian Federation on the case by sending information to the prosecutor general so that Moscow "can look at what really happened". Britain says they were poisoned with a nerve agent administered by Russian intelligence officers.

Last week global investigative group Bellingcat reported that one of the suspects, identified by authorities as Ruslan Boshirov, is in fact Col. Anatoly Chepiga of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU, who was awarded Russia's highest medal in 2014.

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Moscow dismissed the report, saying "there is no proof" as physical likeness means nothing, and the Kremlin said it would no longer discuss the subject with journalists.