Putin shares ideas of liberalism, Peskov
The Kremlin explained the president’s words in an interview with British journalists.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shares the ideas of liberalism but he is against their aggressive implementation, a spokesman for the country's leader, Dmitry Peskov, said. Earlier in an interview with The Financial Times, Putin buried the era of liberalism, noting the growth of nationalist views in different European countries and the aggressive behavior of the United States.
“As for Putin himself, then, of course, he shares the ideas of liberalism. But at the same time he is far from considering all the others to be mistaken in their views,” TASS quotes Peskov as saying.
Peskov said that liberal ideas “in essence became aggressively dominant and were simply literally forced into the ideology of others,” thereby “these ideas are discredited.” “Therefore, the president criticized this and the idea of imposing everything unconventional in all areas, and it is precisely the imposition even on those who do not accept it due to cultural, religious or other characteristics,” Peskov said.
At the same time, the spokesman agreed with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, that authoritarianism, the cult of personality, and the power of the oligarchs have become obsolete, but it is impossible not to change the structure in authoritarian countries, because this is “the issue for the peoples of these countries.”
On the eve of the G20 summit in Japan, president Putin gave an interview to the mentioned newspaper, in which he stated that there are no oligarchs and companies in Russia for a long time that would enjoy preferences from being close to power. Also, Putin admitted that he was considering the question of the transfer of power since 2000, “but the choice is ultimately up to the voters.”