Vladivostok: Not shying away from defending Donald Trump, Russia’s authoritarian leader Vladimir Putin said that the criminal proceedings against the former US President are political in nature. And, that everything that is happening with Trump is the persecution of a political rival.
“As for the prosecution of Trump, for us, what is happening in today’s conditions, in my opinion, is good because it shows the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach others democracy,” AFP quoted the 70-year-old Russian leader as saying.
Notably, Trump is the only President in US history to have a mugshot, that was taken at Fulton County Jail. Trump was sent to jail as part of an indictment against him for overturning elections in Georgia.
Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum gathering in Vladivostok, the Russian President sarcastically remarked on the US’ democracy and stated the criminal proceedings against Trump were initiated in front of the public of the United States and the whole world.
“We hear that Mr. Trump says that he will solve pressing problems in a few days, including the Ukrainian crisis. Well, this cannot but bring happiness. This is good,” Putin added.
According to Putin, Russia’s poor relations with the US were unlikely to change significantly regardless of who becomes the next President. Putin accused the US President Joe Biden-led administration of bias against Russia and said that “it will be very difficult for them to somehow turn this whole ship” in the other direction.
“What to expect from the future, no matter who the President is, is hard for us to say, but it’s unlikely that anything will change radically,” Vladimir Putin said. In 2024, there will also be presidential elections in Russia. Putin is serving his fourth term as President of Russia.
“Current authorities have directed American society in an anti-Russian spirit,” the Russian leader concluded.