Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent himself, met with the recently deported spies at an undisclosed location on Saturday, and they apparently hit it off. Putin said that they sang Soviet songs together and that he told them he admired what they did. "As far as those people are concerned—everyone of them had a tough life," Putin said. "First (problem) was to master foreign language as your own. Think and speak it and do what are you told to do for the interest of your motherland for many years without counting on diplomatic immunity,” he continued, before adding cryptically “This (spy scandal) came as a result of betrayal. They (the betrayers) end up taking to drink or drugs."