Putin Refuses to Save Ukraine’s Poroshenko, Turkey’s Erdogan From Drowning: Russian President Keeps Grudge From ‘Unfriendly’ Leaders


A 12-year-old student grabbed media attention when he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin if he would choose to save Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko from drowning.

The Sun reported that although the question was awkward for the Russian Premier, he sportingly responded to it and said he would save neither of them from drowning. “Varya, you are putting me in an awkward position,” the president said as quoted by Gulf News. “If someone decides to drown, you can’t save them.” He added that the nation is ready to offer a helping hand to the nations if they want to hold it.

The question and answer session took place during the 14th call-in of the television show. Russia does not share a friendly bond with any of the two nations, be it Turkey or Ukraine. The relationship of Russia with Ukraine suffered a strain after the former’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. On the other hand, its relation with Turkey deteriorated when Russia shot Turkish jets near the Syrian border in November 2015.

The 12-year-old did not ask a baseless question, though. During the 2014 call-in television show, Putin said that US President Barack Obama was a “decent and brave man.” He added that the US premier saved him from drowning despite having no significant close personal relationship between the two nations, Russia and the United States.

The annual call-in show gives Putin a chance to discuss issues relating to foreign threats and highlighting ways of handling them. Prior to the commencement of the show, the Russian president received millions of questions from Russians including economic crisis to present Syrian and Ukraine situation.

Putin appreciated Obama on Thursday on his confession regarding the intervention in Libya in 2011 that proved to be his biggest mistake as a president. The Russian premier added that his nation is all set to deploy armed OSCE monitors to Ukraine and make sure the hostilities come to an end.

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