European Union President Donald Tusk lashed out at his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for using an undiplomatic language for democracy, saying he “strongly disagreed” with Putin when he said liberalism was “obsolete.”
In an interview with the Financial Times, the Kremlin strongman said the “liberal idea” was now “in conflict” with what people around the world want.
He further said, “This liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done. That migrant can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants have to be protected”.
“Whoever claims that liberal democracy is obsolete also claims that freedoms are obsolete, that the rule of law is obsolete and that human rights are obsolete,” he added.
Donald Tusk is also attending the G20 summit for world’s leading economies in Japan’s Osaka.
“I have to say that I strongly disagree with the main argument that liberalism is obsolete,” the EU President said.
Vladimir Putin is also attending the summit and will meet Theresa May in Japan with a view to seek improved relations between the countries, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
The G20 summit is taking place in Osaka on Friday and Saturday.