Vladimir Putin calls Sergei Skripal a scumbag and a traitor

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Russian president attacks former spy but angrily denies Kremlin ordered his poisoning

Vladimir Putin has called the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal a “scumbag” and a “traitor”, as he angrily denied allegations that the Kremlin ordered his poisoning with a nerve agent.

Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, the Russian president accused the west of portraying Skripal, who was poisoned with novichok in Salisbury, as an innocent victim.

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