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Putin says liberalism is dead and immigrants can kill and rape without impunity

Putin said that liberalism was obsolete and was not in the interest of the majority of the population 

Putin said that liberalism was obsolete and was not in the interest of the majority of the population

World leaders attending the G20 summit in Japan are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation.

European Union president Donald Tusk on Friday blasted Russian president Vladimir Putin for suggesting in an interview with the Financial Times that liberalism was obsolete.

In a statement to reporters, Mr Tusk said, We are here as Europeans also to firmly and unequivocally defend and promote liberal democracy.

He said: What I find really obsolete are: authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs. Even if sometimes they may seem effective.

As US president Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Mr Putin and other leaders met on the sidelines of the summit, Mr Tusk told reporters such comments suggest a belief that freedoms are obsolete, that the rule of law is obsolete and that human rights are obsolete.

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Mr Putin told the Financial Times that The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to greet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Putin said migrants are allowed to kill, plunder and rape without impunity in the west (Picture: AP)

He praised Mr Trump for his moves to try to stop the flow of migrants and drugs from Mexico and said that liberalism presupposes that nothing needs to be done. That migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants have to be protected.

The G20 leaders are meeting at a time of profound tensions over trade, globalisation and Irans collapsing nuclear deal.

While prospects for detente in the trade war between the US and China are in the spotlight, many participating are calling for a broader perspective in tackling global crises.

Mr Trumps meeting with the Chinese president on Saturday as the G20 meetings conclude has raised hopes for a detente in the tariffs war between the worlds two largest economies.

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross accompanied Mr Trump to Osaka.

epa07678907 (Clockwise from L, at the table) Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa meet during the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Leaders' meeting on the sidelines of G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, 28 June 2019. It is the first time that Japan hosts a G20 summit. The summit gathers leaders from 19 countries and the European Union to discuss topics such as global economy, trade and investment, innovation and employment. EPA/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

Mr Putin told the Financial Times that The liberal idea has become obsolete (Picture: EPA)

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during an interview with the Financial Times newspaper in Moscow, Russia in this picture released June 27, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Putins comments were rounded on by the EU President Donald Tusk (Picture: Reuters)

But a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said China intends to defend itself against further US moves to penalise it over trade friction.

China often has sought to gain support for defending global trade agreements against Mr Trumps America First stance in gatherings like the G20.

Threats by Mr Trump to impose more tariffs on Chinese exports wont work on us because the Chinese people dont believe in heresy and are not afraid of pressure, Chinas foreign ministry spokesman Geng ShuaRead More – Source

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