Putin Says US Is Not A Democracy

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By criticizing the democratic processes in other countries while suppressing a presidential candidate in its own election, the US has become a global laughing stock, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Shortly after preliminary results indicated he would be reelected with 87% of the vote in the Russian presidential election, Vladimir Putin told journalists: the “whole world is laughing at what is happening” in the US. He then added “we are behaving with more restraint than their opponents in other countries, but this is just a catastrophe, not a democracy – that’s what it is“.

RT reports: Putin claimed that the current US administration is using all its resources to attack a candidate for this year’s presidential election, seemingly referring to Donald Trump. The former US leader is facing a litany of lawsuits despite being the presumptive Republican nominee for the vote in November.

In a pre-election interview earlier this week, Putin insisted that Russia does not meddle in foreign elections and will work with any elected US president.

“I think it’s obvious to everyone that the American political system cannot claim to be democratic in any sense of the word,” he said in an interview with journalist Dmitry Kiselyov. Putin refused to comment further on the current presidential campaign in the US, but described the atmosphere as becoming “increasingly uncivilized.”

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