Vladimir Putin last night boasted that liberalism in Europe and the US has outpaced its goal.
The Russian president criticized Western views on gay rights, immigration and multiculturalism – which he claimed to be an attack on & # 39; traditional family values & # 39 ;.
In an interview with the Financial times, Putin said that & # 39; the liberal idea & # 39; was on its way when the public turned away from these issues.
The Russian president criticized Western views on gay rights, immigration and multiculturalism – which he claimed to be an attack on & # 39; traditional family values & # 39;
And he claimed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a & # 39; cardinal error & # 39; made in its decision of 2017 to let a million refugees into the country.
He said: & # 39; [Liberals] can't just dictate anything to anyone, just like they've been trying to do in the last few decades. This liberal idea assumes that nothing needs to be done.
& # 39; That migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants must be protected. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Every crime must be punished. The liberal idea is outdated. It has come into conflict with the interests of the vast majority of the population. & # 39;
Mr. Putin praised Donald Trump for trying to turn the flow of migrants and drugs to the US, and said Anglo-Russian relations began to improve prior to his personal meeting with Theresa May at this weekend's G20 Summit in Osaka , Japan.
The relationships have been rocky since the United Kingdom in March of last year pointed its finger at the Kremlin for the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.
Putin said: & I think that Russia and the UK are both interested in fully restoring our relationships, at least I hope that some preparatory steps are taken. & # 39;
But he refused to condemn the poisoning of the Skripals and said: & # 39; Betrayal is the most serious crime possible. & # 39; He added: & I am not saying that the Salisbury incident is the way to do it. . . but traitors must be punished. & # 39;
Mr Putin has given special praise to Donald Trump for trying to send the flow of migrants and drugs to the US
Putin said that liberal governments have ignored their people in their pursuit of multiculturalism and tolerance for gays. He said: & # 39; I am not trying to offend anyone because we have been convicted of our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT people. God forbid, let them live the way they want.
& # 39; But some things seem exaggerated. They now claim that children can play five or six gender roles. Let everyone be happy, we have no problem with that.
& # 39; But this should not overshadow the culture, traditions, and traditional family values of millions of people who are part of the core population. & # 39;
Mr. Putin said that the threat of a new nuclear arms race between Russia and the US was a concern, and added: & # 39; The Cold War was a bad thing … but there were at least some rules which all participants in international communication more or less met or tried to follow. & # 39;
Give Novichok killers, May to tell Putin
By Jack Doyle Associate Editor in Osaka, Japan
Theresa May will tell Vladimir Putin today that he must hand over the two officers who carried out the chemical attack on Salisbury.
The prime minister will demand that the men be tried & # 39; when she talks with the Russian president on the edge of the G20 in Osaka, Japan. It will be the first formal meeting between the two leaders in almost three years – amid signs, the Kremlin wants to end its isolation.
The relationships were put in the freezer after the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal last year with the nerve gas Novichok that killed one innocent Briton.
After the attack, Ms. May led international efforts to expel more than 150 Russian diplomats from 20 countries. Last night she insisted that the position of Great Britain against Russia has not changed & # 39; and she would make it & # 39; absolutely clear & # 39; to Mr Putin that the two agents should be transferred.
Theresa May will tell Vladimir Putin today that he must hand over the two officers who have carried out the chemical attack on Salisbury
But she opened the door to a & # 39; different relationship & # 39; between Britain and Russia if Mr Putin were to change his course of action.
Speaking to reporters on the flight to Osaka, she said she would give Mr. Putin a very clear message, from leader to leader & # 39 ;.
She added: & # 39; We don't have a fight with the Russian people. Our position with regard to Russia, in relation to what happened on the streets of Salisbury, is known and has not changed. We are open to a different relationship with Russia, but if that happens, Russia must stop its activities that undermine international treaties and undermine our collective security. & # 39;
Asked about the prospect of extradition of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, both of whom have been accused of attempted murder during the attacks, she said: We believe we have identified the evidence and identified two people, we believe be brought to justice.
& # 39; There are European arrest warrants for these individuals and if they set foot outside Russia, we will do everything we can to ensure that they are brought to justice. & # 39;
Mrs May said that hiking holidays in the Swiss Alps had convinced her of the need to combat climate change.
She and her husband Philip had witnessed the Gorner glacier turning & # 39; fast & # 39; retired over the past decade and it prompted her to take action, she added.
Ms May is expected to encourage other leading countries at the G20 summit to match the UK's cuts in emissions.
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