Vladimir Putin made ‘historic’ error in Ukraine: France

Al Jazeera

06-08-2022

Putin, meanwhile, said global inflation stemmed from the unprecedented dollar ‘printing press’ during the pandemic and blamed short-sighted European policies. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin committed a “historic and fundamental error” by invading Ukraine and Russia is now “isolated”, according to France’s leader. “I told him [Putin ] that he made a historic and fundamental error for his people, for himself and for history,” said Macron. Putin accused the West of “bluster” by claiming Moscow was preventing grain exports from Ukraine. But it continues to blame Ukraine and the West for the resulting halt in Ukrainian grain exports.

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