In an exclusive interview with the Financial Times Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled the end of the “liberal idea.”
When asked about a backlash against the so-called establishment around the world, Putin said the “liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose.”
“The obvious problem is the gap between the interest of the elites and the overwhelming majority of the people,” he told the newspaper.
“Some elements of the liberal idea, such as multiculturalism, are no longer tenable.”
When asked about the growing tensions between the US and Iran, Putin said tensions in the Gulf have become “more dramatic and explosive.”
“The world has become more fragmented and less predictable, which is the most important and regrettable thing,” he said.
US President Donald Trump met with Putin for about 80 minutes on Friday, during which time the US leader joked with him about allegations of interference in US elections.