Vladimir Putin has again denied any involvement of his secret services in the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, despite accusations from London.
The Russian president also denounced the acts of the former spy on British soil.
“Your fellow journalists suggest that Mr. Skripal is a kind of human rights activist, he’s just a spy, a traitor to his homeland, it’s really something to be a traitor to the homeland. It’s all junk, that’s all I have to say, but there’s a whole press campaign trying to make him look like a hero, and we’ve asked our British colleagues several times to we documents. We will conduct an investigation, “said the Russian president.
Sergei Skripal, a former military intelligence colonel, was found guilty of handing over state secrets to Britain and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006 before being pardoned.
He and his daughter had been poisoned at Novichok in the English city of Salisbury in March.