VLADIMIR Putin was grilled over the string of Novichok poisonings in the UK – and asked why so many of his political enemies has ended up dead.
The Express reports,
But he said accusations Russia had anything to do with the attack as “ungrounded”.
Saying the UK hasn’t been able to produce any evidence clearly showing the Kremlin was involved with the attack, he said: “We would like to get at least some sort of a document or evidence about it but nobody gives it to us.
“It’s the same thing as the accusations of meddling in the election process in America.
“We’ve recently heard that two more people suffered from the same nerve agent that is called Novichok but I’ve never even heard the last names of these persons. Who are they?
“What kind of package? What kind of bottle? What’s the chemical formula? Who got it?”
The Russian President went as far as arguing someone in the UK may have been behind the poisoning.
He added: “Maybe there are reasons within the United Kingdom but nobody wants to look at the issue now, they just see the ungrounded accusations.
“Why should it be done this way? Our relationship is made worse because of this.”
Mr Putin was probed by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace after the first face-to-face summit between the Russian President and Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland.
The reporter also openly asked the former KGB agent why so many of his rivals had been found dead during the years.
But Mr Putin avoided the question and bit back, arguing many political figures were also killed in the US.
He said: “Haven’t presidents been killed in the United States? Was Kennedy killed in Russia or in the United States? Or Mr King?
“Yes we do have crime in Russia… and we persecute people for these crimes.”
The US President had been urged to question his counterpart over the Novichok poisoning by many, including Ewan Hope, the 19-year-old son of Dawn Sturgess, who died after being poisoned by Novichok in Amesbury, a Wiltshire town not far from Salisbury.