Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday paid tribute to Tsar Peter the Great on his 350th birthday and drew a line between what he described as their shared quest to reclaim Russian territory.
“Peter the Great led the Great Northern War for 21 years. He seems to have been at war with the Swedes and he took something from them. But he did not take anything from them, he withdrew (belonging to Russia).Vladimir Putin said after visiting the exhibition dedicated to the king.
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Speaking on television on the 106th day of the war in Ukraine, the Russian president compared the campaign led by Peter I to the task facing Russia today. “It simply came to our notice then that we (Russia) had a responsibility to restore and strengthen (the country). If we start from the principle that these fundamental values form the basis of our existence, we can certainly solve the problems that arise before us..“
Vladimir Putin continued to try to justify Russia’s actions in Ukraine, where Russian forces destroyed cities, killed thousands and forced millions to flee, giving Ukraine a view of history that had no real national identity or state tradition.
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