Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday paid tribute to Tsar Peter the Great on the 350th anniversary of his birth and drew a parallel between what he described as their joint quest to reclaim Russian territory.
“Peter the Great waged the Great Northern War for 21 years. It seems that he was at war with Sweden, that he took something from them. But he didn’t take anything from them, he just got it back (which belonged to Russia). “said Vladimir Putin after visiting an exhibition dedicated to the Tsar.
As the Russian president spoke on television on the 106th day of the war in Ukraine, he compared Peter I’s campaign to the task Russia is facing today. “It seems that we are also responsible for recovering (which belongs to Russia) and strengthening (the country). And if we start from the principle that these core values are the basis of our existence, we will certainly be able to solve the problems that arise before us..“
Vladimir Putin has regularly tried to justify Russia’s actions in Ukraine, where Russian forces have ravaged cities, killed thousands and forced millions to flee, giving a view of history that Ukraine has no true national identity or state tradition.