Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday compared the invasion of Ukraine to the conquests of Peter the Great
Peter I, or Peter the Great, ruled first as Tsar and then as Emperor from 1682 until his death in 1725. His conquest of the Baltic coast from Sweden made Russia an important player in the European affairs.
Putin was visiting an exhibition in Moscow dedicated to the Tsar’s 350th birthday. After the visit, Putin told a group of young entrepreneurs that “you get the feeling that in fighting Sweden he grabs something. He didn’t take anything, he took it back.”
“It is also our responsibility to take over and strengthen,” Putin said, in an apparent reference to Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.
Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union. Russia began invading the country on February 24 this year.
When Peter the Great founded Saint Petersburg and declared it the Russian capital, “none of the countries of Europe recognized this territory as belonging to Russia,” Putin said.
“Everyone considered it to be part of Sweden. But from time immemorial, Slavs lived there alongside the Finno-Ugric peoples,” added the Russian leader.
Russia is currently facing global isolation as major Western countries imposed sanctions on it following the invasion of Ukraine.
(With agency contributions)
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