VLADIVOSTOK, Russia —
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the criminal charges against former US President Donald Trump are a political vendetta that exposes the country’s corrupt principals.
“Regarding the persecution of Trump, for us what is happening in the current circumstances, in my opinion, is good because it shows the corruption of the American political system, which does not pretend to teach democracy to others,” said Putin in the East. Economic Forum in Vladivostok, eastern Russia.
“Everything that happened to Trump was the persecution of a political opponent for political reasons. That is what it is. And it is faced by public opinion in the United States and around the world,” he added.
Opinion polls show that the former president is, at the moment, the strongest opponent to be the candidate of the Republican Party for the presidential election in 2024. In his four years in the White House, Trump has repeatedly boasts of maintaining good relations with Putin, while critics say. that he submits to the president of Russia.
Trump has claimed he could resolve the conflict in Ukraine within days if he regains the presidency, but offered no specifics about his possible approach.
“We heard that Mr. Trump says he can solve the worst problems in a few days, including the crisis in Ukraine. Well, it doesn’t bring us anything but happiness. “It’s good,” Putin said.
The Russian leader indicated, however, that the strained relationship between Moscow and Washington is unlikely to change regardless of who occupies the White House.
“What can be expected in the future, regardless of the president, it is difficult to say, but it is unlikely that there will be any radical change,” said Putin, who claimed that the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden instilled in a strong prejudice against Russia and that “they will have a hard time turning this ship around.”
Russia will also hold presidential elections in 2024. Putin sounded cautious on Tuesday when asked whether he would run for another term after holding power, either as president or prime minister, since 2000.
“We will discuss it” after parliament sets a date for the election, he said.