During an interview for the TV channel Russia-1 broadcast on September 2, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that former French President François Hollande’s memoirs, in which he describes Putin as threatening to “pulverise” the Ukrainian army, are “an incorrect information disclosure” and a “discharge”.
“It’s not normal. Rather, one could say explicitly that it is an incorrect information disclosure. These ‘discharges’, which frequently do not correspond to reality, they only cause damage,” Peskov said.
The Russian presidential spokesman added that he considers it “incorrect” when former politicians “allow such things with respect to current politicians”.
Earlier Peskov denied that Putin had threatened Poroshenko at the 2015 Minsk talks, claiming that he was at virtually all the negotiations, and never heard such a phrase.
Former French President François Hollande wrote in his memoirs that during the Normandy Format negotiations in Minsk in February 2015, involving himself, Angela Merkel, Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin, the Russian president threatened to “crush” Ukraine’s forces.
“The Russian president was so worked up that he started threatening to decisively crush his counterpart’s forces. This showed that there are Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. Putin realized, and got a grip on himself,” the former French president recalls.