Putin says ‘nonsense’

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday it was nonsense to think that Moscow would have poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who are critically ill in a British hospital.

Britain has said that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the Soviet-era “Novichok” nerve agent, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Sunday that Russia has been stockpiling it and investigating how such weapons could be used in assassinations.

But Putin, in his first detailed comments on the poisoning, said Russia had been falsely accused.

US Treasury, according to Ruth Marcus, the Post’s deputy editorial page editor.

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