Putin Declares Liberalism 'Dead,' Slams Europe’s Open Border Policies
Russian leader says the liberal idea has become obsolete, slams mass immigration
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has said that liberalism in Europe and the US has 'outlived its purpose' before claiming mass migration into the EU was a 'cardinal mistake.'
Speaking at the G20 summit in Osaka, the Russian President criticized failed multiculturalism and the West's view on gay rights and immigration.
Putin said the 'the liberal idea' was on its way out as the public turns away from the notion that mass immigration and multiculturism is good for nations, according to the Financial Times.
He added that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision in 2017 to allow a million refugees into the country was a 'cardinal mistake.'
"[Liberals] cannot simply dictate anything to anyone just like they have been attempting to do over the recent decades," Putin said.
"This liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done. That migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants have to be protected," he added.
"Every crime must have its punishment. The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population."
Countries with the largest and fastest-growing economies will meet at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
Some attendees of G20 include:
- Theresa May
- China's Xi Jinping
- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman
- Donald Trump
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
President Trump hailed a 'very, very good relationship' with Russia, adding, 'It's a great honor to be with President Putin'.
Trump also jokingly told Putin following their handshake: "Don't meddle in the election, please."
Putin reserved praise for Donald Trump for his efforts of stemming the influx of migrants into the US with the help of Mexico.
The Russian leader added that Anglo-Russian relations were improving ahead of his meeting with Theresa May at this weekend's G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
Mr. Putin said: "I think Russia and UK are both interested in fully restoring our relations, at least I hope a few preliminary steps will be made."
Speaking on the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March last year, Putin said, "Treason is the gravest crime possible and traitors must be punished. I am not saying that the Salisbury incident is the way to do it. But traitors must be punished."
Of course, Trump's critics have denounced him for being too friendly with Putin and chastised him for failing to publicly confront the Russian leader in Helsinki over Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
U.S. special counsel, Robert Mueller, concluded there was no collusion with the US and Russia.
Trump lightened the mood with journalists following his meeting with Putin:
"Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn't it. You don't have this problem in Russia but we do," Trump said.
Rows are now brewing over a bruising US-China trade war and climate change despite a more conciliatory tone from US President Donald Trump.
Trump also appeared to be in a less combative mood when meeting fellow world leaders face-to-face.
Despite his recent disagreements with Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said, 'She's a fantastic person, a fantastic woman and I'm glad to have her as a friend.'