MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (Sep 12) described legal proceedings against former United States president Donald Trump as “politically motivated persecution”.
The Kremlin, seen as having pleasant relations with Trump, has repeatedly spoken out in defence of the previous president, who’s dealing with a collection of fees linked to election interference.
“As for the persecution of Trump, for us, within the present atmosphere, it is good as a result of it exhibits the rottenness of the American system,” Putin mentioned at an financial discussion board within the Russian Far East.
“It’s a politically motivated persecution of 1’s competitor.”
Putin, who served within the Soviet safety companies, added: “And this exhibits who we’re combating … As they mentioned in Soviet instances, ‘the bestial face of American capitalism’.”
Relations between Washington and Moscow, strained by a litany of points beneath Putin, have hit new lows for the reason that Kremlin launched large-scale hostilities in Ukraine.
Putin mentioned he didn’t anticipate any change in US overseas coverage stance in direction of Russia no matter “whoever will probably be elected president” subsequent yr.
He accused Washington of stoking anti-Russian emotions amongst bizarre Individuals.
“Present authorities have directed American society in an anti-Russian spirit,” the Russian chief mentioned.
“They’ve executed it and now someway turning this ship within the different route will probably be very troublesome.”