Putin answers question about his successor
The President of the Russian Federation gave an interview to the Financial Times.
The liberal idea is outdated, the Skripal's poisoning is fake, and the absence of Russian oligarchs - only large companies. Russian President Vladimir Putin uttered such theses in an interview with the Financial Times on the eve of the G20 summit in Japan.
“I can tell you without exaggeration that I have always been thinking about this, since 2000. The situation changes, and certain demands on people change, too. In the end, and I will say this without theatrics or exaggeration, in the end, the decision must be made by the people of Russia. No matter what and how the current leader does, no matter who or how he represents, it is the voter that has the final word, the citizen of the Russian Federation,” Putin tells British journalists.
The Russian leader detects a shift in the political balance of power from traditional western liberalism to national populism, fuelled by public resentment about immigration, multiculturalism and secular values at the expense of religion. Putin condemned German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to accept over a million Syrian refugees and supported US President Donald Trump to cease the flow of migrants and drug trafficking from Mexico.
“So, the liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population. The migrants can kill, plunder, and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants must be protected. What rights are these? Every crime must have its punishment,” Putin adds.
The President of the Russian Federation calls Trump a talented man but states that “Mr. Trump is not a career politician. He has a distinct world outlook and vision of US national interests.”
“First of all, we do not have oligarchs any more. Oligarchs are those who use their proximity to the authorities to receive super profits. We have large companies, private ones, or with government participation. But I do not know of any large companies that get preferential treatment from being close to the authorities, these are practically non-existent,” the Russian President states.
Answering the question about the nerve agent attack which London blames on Moscow, Mr. Putin bristles and says it is time to move on. “Listen, all this fuss about spies and counterspies; it is not worth serious interstate relations. This spy story, as we say, it is not worth five kopecks.”