President Vladimir Putin seemed to be channeling the stereotype of Russia’s uneducated working lessons this week when he mocked and patronized an skilled American enterprise journalist. Unleashing his internal gopnik throughout an on-stage interview, he claimed she should be too “stunning” to grasp his advanced argument.
The change came about Wednesday at a Russian Vitality Week panel in Moscow moderated by CNBC journalist Hadley Gamble. The reporter had pressed Putin on stories of Russia withholding fuel provides to Europe to drive up costs, and after the Russian chief dismissed the declare, she requested how Moscow may persuade its European companions that it’s a dependable fuel provider in mild of such stories.
“A stupendous lady, fairly. I inform her one factor, and she or he says one thing fully completely different. As if she didn’t hear what I stated,” Putin stated, turning to the male members of the viewers.
His chauvinistic joke got here as Kremlin-owned media shops masking Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland’s go to to Russia went into overdrive to mock her as just a token female in government, lamenting the “development of femininity” within the West.
Clearly these out-dated sentiments will not be so alien to Putin himself.
“I’ll repeat it for you as soon as once more,” Putin stated, earlier than insisting that Moscow has truly elevated its fuel provides to Europe and that there’s “nothing to help [the idea] that we use power as a sort of weapon.”
“Did I actually say one thing so laborious to grasp?” he requested.
He went on to lash out at European leaders for suggesting Moscow might be utilizing power as a weapon, calling them “out of their minds” for voicing such “full nonsense.”
And whereas he known as it “politically motivated blather” to counsel the Kremlin may reap the benefits of hovering fuel costs to get German regulators to approve the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, he stated such an approval would “considerably relieve tensions on the power market.”
He later famous that it was “entirely possible” fuel costs may quickly attain $100 a barrel.
In a separate interview with Gamble on the sidelines of the occasion, Putin appeared to react defensively to a query about whether or not he’s given any thought to potential successors.
“I want to not reply such questions, that is my conventional response,” stated Putin, 69. He went on to notice that “the scenario permits me to run for an additional 6 years however I haven’t taken a call on this regard.”
In response to a Kremlin transcript, the interview concluded with him taking a jab at “the citizen” who many noticed as his single largest political rival till he was thrown behind bars in a politically motivated case.
“What about Mr. [Alexei] Navalny?” Gamble requested the Russian president. “Are you curious about bettering his high quality of life?”
“The citizen that you simply’ve talked about is now in jail,” he stated.
Acknowledging that circumstances in Russian prisons are “not the very best,” Putin stated “he’s not alone.”
“There are different individuals who additionally violated Russian legal guidelines, and we don’t intend to place them in any unique circumstances, together with those that use political exercise as a canopy.”