Vladimir Poutine speaks little but each of his declarations is worth the detour. The Russian president, traveling abroad for the first time since the start of the war in Ukraine, continued shock statements during a press conference held in Ashkhabad, the capital of Turkmenistan.
Bombing of the Kremenchouk shopping center, mockery of G7 members, NATO summit… We recap.
On the bombing of the Kremenchuk shopping center
At least 20 dead and more than 59 injured. This is the terrible toll the bombing of a shopping centerdescribed as “crowded” by Volodymyr Zelensky, in Kremenchuk, a town located more than 200 km from the front. An attack described as “terrorist” by the Ukrainian president, a “war crime” pfor G7 member countries.
The Russian president has denied any responsibility, insisting that he never targeted civilians during the “special military operation” in Ukraine. “Our army does not hit any civilian infrastructure sites. We have every possibility of knowing where what is, he explained.“Nobody shoots at us just like that, randomly. Normally, it’s done based on intelligence data on targets and with high-precision weapons.”
“I am convinced that this time everything was done exactly this way,” added Vladimir Putin.
An unsurprising release. Since the start of the war, the Kremlin has always denied any attack on civilians each time rejecting the responsibility on Ukrainian shots or “staging” guided by the “Western countries”.
On the “disgusting spectacle” of the G7
Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, surprised his world with remarks about the leaders of the G7 who recently had fun mocking the virile image displayed by the Russian president, believing that seeing them shirtless would be a “disgusting sight”.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked at the opening of the G7 summit in Germany on Sunday whether top world leaders should keep their jackets on or take them off to show off their “pectorals”.
“We have to show that we are stronger than Putin”, he launched, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added: “We are going to be entitled to the bare-chested riding demonstration”referring to a famous 2009 photoshoot of Vladimir Putin on horseback shirtless.
“I don’t know if they wanted to strip down to their waists or even lower, but either way it would have been a disgusting sight,” quipped the master of the Kremlin.
On the “imperial ambitions” of NATO
Vladimir Putin continued with the NATO summit, which has been held in Madrid since Tuesday. He denounced “imperial ambitions” of the Alliance which, according to him, seeks to affirm its “hegemony” through the Ukrainian conflict.
“The call for Ukraine to continue fighting and refuse negotiations only confirms our assumption that Ukraine and the good of the Ukrainian people is not the goal of the West and the NATO, but a means of defending their own interests”, he confided. And to accuse: “The leading countries of NATO wish (…) to affirm their hegemony, their imperial ambitions”.
The Atlantic Alliance and “above all, the United States had long needed to have an external enemy around which it could unite its allies”, according to Vladimir Putin.