According to a story in The Telegraph, Russian President Vladimir Putin told French President Emmanuel Macron that he would rather play “ice hockey” than have discussions with US President Joe Biden about preventing conflict in Ukraine.
In February, Mr. Putin spoke with Mr. Macron for nine minutes during which the disparaging statements were delivered. According to The Telegraph, a documentary on this chat will appear on France 2, the primary state television network, on Thursday. According to the publication, the development occurred just four days before the start of the Russian assault.
Mr. Macron suggested a last-minute summit with the US President to Mr. Putin during the call, which came to an end. According to UK-based Express, the Russian President was not opposed to the proposal but did not seem keen in setting a date.
The publication cited him as stating during the phone call, “To be honest, I wanted to go play ice hockey.
“Here I am talking to you from the sports hall before starting the physical exertion. But first I will talk with my advisors,” Mr Putin further said.
According to Express, the Russian leader also criticised Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, accusing him of “doing nothing” to carry out the Minsk agreements.
In the midst of the escalating conflict, Mr. Putin issued a warning to Finland and Sweden on Wednesday, saying that if they allow NATO forces and military infrastructure into their soil, Moscow will retaliate.
As quoted by CNN, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a news conference in Turkmenistan, “Only we must clearly and precisely understand – while there was no threat before, in the case of military contingents and military infrastructure being deployed there, we will have to respond symmetrically and raise the same threats in those territories from where threats have arisen for us.”
He said that Sweden and Finland joining NATO won’t concern Russia.