President Vladimir Putin, has taunted Britain after the release of Sergei Skripal from hospital, saying the Russian spy would have ‘died on the spot’ if he had been attacked with a military-grade poison.
Back in March, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia Skripal, were found slumped on a park bench in the city after they were poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury, England.
They were taken to Salisbury District Hospital’s intensive care unit, where they were stabilized after being exposed to Novichok.
Britain accused Russia of being behind the poisoning, claiming it was caused by a type of nerve agent known as Novichok which was developed in the Soviet Union in Moscow, Russia.
Earlier this week, Skripa was released from the hospital and he’s being protected by 24-hour armed guard at an MI5 safe house. While his daughter, Yulia Skripal was discharged from the hospital on 9 April and was moved to an unknown location.
During a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, the Russian president wished Skripal ‘good health’ following his release from the hospital.
He said: ‘God grant him good health… If a military-grade poison had been used, the man would have died on the spot. Thank God he recovered and that he left (hospital).’