June 25, 2022

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Like Tsar Peter the Great, Vladimir Putin wants to “take back what belongs to Russia.”


“We just visited the exhibition dedicated to the 350th anniversary of Peter the Great. It’s amazing, but almost nothing has changed. (…) Peter the Great led the Northern War for 21 years. When fighting with Sweden I feel like he is snatching something. He did not seize anything, he took responsibility, “said Putin during a meeting with young entrepreneurs in Moscow.

“When he founded a new capital (St. Petersburg – Editor’s note), no European country recognized the territory as belonging to Russia. He took and strengthened, ”he said.

“Obviously, we have a duty to restart and strengthen,” the Russian president said, seemingly referring to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Yes, there were times in the history of our country when we were forced to retreat, but we must gather strength and move forward,” he said.

Sweden’s defeat in the Great Northern War (1700-1721) made Russia a major power in the Baltic Sea and a major partner in European affairs.

Russia on Thursday commemorates the birthday of Tsar Peter the Great, who worked to bring the empire closer to Europe, an echo of the past, three centuries later, with the full rift between Moscow and the West over the conflict in Ukraine.

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President Putin visited an exhibition dedicated to him in Moscow on the occasion of the 350th birthday of Peter I, who ruled as emperor from 1682 until his death in 1725.