VLADIMIR Putin launched a foul-mouthed tirade against Xi Jinping over his failure to help lift sanctions, it has been alleged.
During his tirade, the Russian tyrant called his foreign minister an “a*****e” when he blamed him for failing to secure China’s support.
At the start of the war in Ukraine, Russia was hit with sweeping sanctions aimed at crippling its economy after its neighbor’s unprovoked invasion.
China’s President Xi is one of Putin’s closest allies and has failed to condemn his invasion of Ukraine.
But there have been reports that Russia is frustrated by Beijing’s failure to provide financial and technological support, which is being sanctioned by the US, Britain and other countries.
According to the General SVR Telegram channel, at a recent meeting, Putin expressed his personal dissatisfaction with Xi Jinping “in harsh and obscene terms.”
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also felt Putin’s sharp tongue, and the Russian head of state blamed him for “part of the responsibility for the failure of the negotiations with China”.
When Lavrov tried to speak, Putin cut him off and called him “an a*****e,” says General SVR, who is reportedly headed by a Kremlin insider.
Although China and Russia declared their “No Limits” friendship before the war, Beijing has been reluctant to help Russia circumvent sanctions.
On at least two occasions, Moscow has urged Beijing to offer new forms of economic support in what a Chinese official has described as “strained” negotiations, The Washington Post reports.
Beijing fears the United States and its allies could cut off critical technology from China and target its financial system.
A person in Beijing with direct knowledge of the discussions said China “understands” Russia’s “predicament”.
“But we cannot ignore our own situation in this dialogue,” they said.
“China has made clear its position on the situation in Ukraine and on the illegal sanctions against Russia.
“China will always act in the best interests of the Chinese people.”
Meanwhile, Xi has tasked his officials with finding ways for China to help without violating sanctions, the newspaper adds.
It comes as an expert said Putin will be killed in a coup amid Russian generals furious over his disastrous handling of the war in Ukraine.
The ailing autocrat could be incapacitated by his own security services in a death that could be hushed up simply as a result of his allegedly ill health — such as a heart attack.
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