Russian Relations

The World According to Mr. Putin

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So let me put the record straight.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Russian President Vladimir Putin remains a key player in the conflicts of Syrian and Ukraine.

  • Facts


    • In a rate interview with a Western publication, Mr. Putin told the German newspaper Bild on Monday that the West had worsened international crises but offered to co-operate in fighting terrorism.
    • Mr. Putin said it was up to Ukraine to meet the terms of the Minsk Agreement and that the annexation of the Crimea was “just” because the population wanted it.
    • Mr. Putin’s comments met with criticism from German commentators and politicians who accused him of trying to drive a wedge between Germany and the United States.
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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.

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