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He belittled allegations that two Russian agents had also inadvertently poisoned a British woman in the attack.

British police say they believe the nerve agent used to poison Skripal and his daughter was smuggled to Britain in a counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle and applied to the front door of Skripal's house.

"He was simply a spy. He's simply a scumbag, that's all", he added, drawing applause from parts of the audience.

Putin also dismissed the allegation that Russian Federation was responsible for the accidental poisoning of Dawn Sturgess, a Salisbury-area woman who British police said died after coming into contact with the nerve agent Novichok which her partner had found in a discarded perfume bottle.

But Wednesday's comments were the first time since the global incident that Putin addressed Skripal himself.

Britain last month charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with trying to kill Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with the Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok.

Britain put the blame squarely on the Russian government, but Moscow has denied any role in the attack.

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'Some men came and started poisoning tramps.

"We didn't need to poison anyone over there".

"He was caught, punished and served a total of five years in prison".

Mr Putin also admitted that Moscow knew that Mr Skripal had cooperated with foreign intelligence upon his release in a 2010 spy swap.

Last week, the two men identified by the United Kingdom government as being those behind the attack appeared on the Russian state-backed news channel RT and said they were merely "tourists" who visited Salisbury to see the city's famous cathedral.

It is worth noting that the news of this deal has broken out a month after the United States had warned India against it. Donald Trump administration stressed that the acquisition of the missile system will be taken into account as a "significant transaction" and can force the U.S. to impose tough sanctions.

Putin said Wednesday that other contributing factors to fluctuating oil prices include political problems in Venezuela and the collapse of Libya's government.

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