Russian President Vladimir Putin met with criticism from German commentators after giving Bild newspaper a wideranging interview in which he accused the West of exacerbating international crises that had contributed to terrorism.
In the interview published on Monday, Mr. Putin said he wanted to fight terrorism jointly with the rest of the world. He condemned NATO’s expansion toward Russia’s borders and argued it was up to Ukraine to fulfill the terms of the Minsk Agreement that halted the fighting between pro-Moscow separatists and government troops in southeast Ukraine.
He also said German media were under “strong influence from the country on the other side of the Atlantic.”
Conservative German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung retorted to that remark in a commentary on its website.