VLADIMIR Putin last night blasted “liberal values” as “obsolete” – and dismissed the Skripal poisoning scandal as a “fuss” that’s “not worth five pounds.”

The hardman Russian president said voters worldwide have rejected lax immigration laws – and that “traditional values” are more important than embracing LGBT rights.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin said in an interview last night that he believes ‘traditional values’ are more important to the public in the West[/caption]

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President Putin dismissed the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia[/caption]

He also addressed the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last year – claiming “it is not worth serious interstate relations.”

His comments came in a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times – which broadly covered Russia’s frosty relationship with the West.

Ripping into Western liberal values, the Kremlin hardman picked out German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow an influx of migrants from the Middle East in recent years.

Estimates have suggested that up to a million refugees and migrants had entered Germany within a year of the policy being adopted.

The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population

Vladimir Putin

Putin said: “The liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done.

“The migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants must be protected.

“What rights are these? Every crime must have its punishment.”

He added: “So, the liberal idea has become obsolete.

“It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population.”

Putin also insisted that Russia is not homophobic – but defended “traditional values” which he said are “more stable and more important for millions of people.”

He insisted the “liberal idea” towards LGBT rights “is really ceasing to exist.”

SKRIPAL ‘FUSS’

On the Skripal affair, President Putin said he hoped this week’s G20 meeting with Theresa May could help repair relations following the scandal.

London blamed Moscow for poisoning the former Russian spy and his daughter with a nerve agent smeared on the door of their Salisbury home in March 2018.

Relations plunged to post-Cold War lows following the attempted murders – which sparked international outrage.

But President Putin claimed the scandal was not worth discussing – and hoped that Mrs May’s departure as PM will allow her to ease tensions with Moscow.

All this fuss about spies and counterspies, it is not worth serious interstate relations. This spy story, as we say, it is not worth five kopecks. Or even five pounds, for that matter

Vladimir Putin

He said: “All this fuss about spies and counterspies, it is not worth serious interstate relations.

“This spy story, as we say, it is not worth five kopecks.

“Or even five pounds, for that matter.

“I think that both Russia and the UK are interested in fully restoring our relations.

“At least I hope that a few preliminary steps will be made.

“I think it would be easier for Mrs May, maybe, because she is leaving and is free to do what she thinks is right, important and necessary and not to bother about some domestic political consequences.”

British police charged two Russian military intelligence officers – known by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

Moscow denies involvement in the attack – which prompted the biggest wave of diplomatic expulsions between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

Mrs May last met Putin at a G20 summit in Argentina in November, when the Russian leader approached her informally.

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President Putin speaking to the Financial Times on Thursday. He said he hoped relations between the UK and Russia would improve[/caption]

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Hazmat officers investigating the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last year[/caption]


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