WASHINGTON, April 22 — RIA Novosti. Russian President Vladimir Putin is smart, but not naive, since it is impossible to show weakness, said Sunday the President of France Emmanuel macron.
“He is strong and smart. But not naive. He is obsessed with meddling in our democracy. So I’m sure that we can’t show weakness to Vladimir Putin. When you are weak, he enjoys it,” he said in an interview with Fox News channel.
Macron also spoke of Putin as a strong President and said that “people are proud of his policies,” but expressed the opinion that the Russian leader “very strictly refers to minorities and opponents”.