All Vlad Putin wants for Christmas, the Americans to pull their forces out of Syria and Britain to go ahead and quit the European Union. Apparently he'll take care of those pesky Ukrainians himself.
Oh yeah, and rap music. Vlad hates the rap:
“Why do we need that?” the Russian president asked. “It’s the degradation of the nation – do we want that? It was fashionable at one point to promote suicide, does that mean we should all go hang ourselves? Count me out.”Vlad took time out of his year-ender to tutor the Brits on the fundamentals of democracy.
“The referendum was held,” the Russian president said from Moscow during his annual press conference, which is broadcast on national television. “What can she do? She has to fulfil the will of the people expressed in the referendum.”
Britons may see some irony in a lesson on democracy from a fourth-term president who has co-opted or crushed any substantial opposition in his home country. In a statement, the former foreign secretary David Miliband, who has backed a second referendum, said it was “an insult to the United Kingdom that he should be lecturing us on our democratic process”.
Russia is seen as a possible beneficiary of the UK’s exit from the EU, and a prominent financial backer of the leave campaign, Arron Banks, met Russian embassy officials repeatedly during the run-up to the referendum in June 2016.Putin found Trump's decision to pull US forces out of Syria pleasing if not somewhat unconvincing.
Putin also backed Donald Trump’s sudden announcement of a troop withdrawal from Syria, calling it the “right decision”, but added that Russia had not yet seen evidence of a drawdown.
“The United States has already been in Afghanistan for 17 years, and almost every year they say they’re withdrawing their troops,” he said.Merry Christmas, Vlad.