Ex UK Prime Minister reveals Vladimir Putin threatened him during an official visit to Moscow in 2006, made him sit on a really low seat and browse a file of knowledge he had collected on the then Chancellor – as he says the West has failed to face as much as the Russian chief
Gordon Brown has revealed that Vladimir Putin threatened him during an official visit to Moscow and says the West ‘failed’ to face as much as the Russian President for years earlier than his invasion of Ukraine. Mr Brown has additionally slammed ‘world disunity’ after 150 nations didn’t impose sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
‘I used to be beneath no illusions about what Putin was like,’ the previous Prime Minister mentioned in an interview with The Telegraph Magazine this weekend. Recalling a 2006 visit to the Kremlin (pictured) whereas Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Brown went on: ‘I used to be put in a really low seat in order that I used to be wanting up at him. He’s actually a comparatively small man, and he wears these stacked heels.’
‘Anyway, that day he took out these index playing cards, and proceeded to learn out all this info he had about me, as if he wished to show that he knew extra about me than I knew about myself. So when individuals say that Putin’s modified and is barely now threatening, I can let you know that he was threatening me even then.’
Mr Brown believes Putin solely responds to ‘an uncompromising and unyielding present of energy,’ including: ‘The solely factor Putin understands is energy. Weakness he’ll exploit; he’s opportunistic to the nth diploma.’ And he warned that the West’s inaction over Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea, which passed off whereas David Cameron was Prime Minister, ‘allowed Putin to assume he would possibly get away with additional incursions’. Pictured: A destroyed space of Ukraine.
In an interview with Sophie Raworth on the BBC’s Sunday Morning right this moment, Mr Brown slammed the 150 nations which didn’t impose sanctions in opposition to Russia after its invasion of Ukraine and instructed the West’s failure to sort out world poverty was one trigger. Pictured: Smoke from shelling rises close to a mine waste financial institution in Lysychansk, Luhansk space, Ukraine.
He mentioned: ‘I applaud NATO unity however there’s a drawback with coordinating sanctions the place some nations should not ready to do it. What we have additionally seen is world disunity – 82 nations refuse to assist the motion in opposition to Russia for its breach of human liberties, 150 nations all over the world should not imposing sanctions, so we now have world disunity.’
He continued: ‘One of the explanations is we now have not proven folks that globalization which is led by the West is working to scale back poverty, increase dwelling requirements and naturally, take care of local weather change within the poorer nations and actually should honor our guarantees. Two billion individuals stay unvaccinated regardless of the actual fact we now have 24 billion vaccines being produced this yr. And after all local weather change guarantees to Africa haven’t been met.’
The feedback got here as Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky visited troops in a bunker on the frontline of the southern Mykolaiv area yesterday.
Despite Russian advances in japanese Ukraine, President Zelensky mentioned: ‘Our courageous males. Each certainly one of them is working flat out. We will certainly maintain out! We will certainly win.’
Western-supplied heavy weapons are reaching entrance traces, though not in portions that Ukrainian officers say are wanted to push again Russian forces.