Zhirinovsky doesn’t want to annex Finland any more
"Russia doesn't need dependent"
Russian nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky no longer wants Russia to take over Finland, saying that Russia does not need to have Finns as its dependents.
“What do you Finns know how to do? You steal forest from us in Karelia and sell us furniture”, Zhirinovsky said at a press conference on Monday.
Zhirinovsky made headlines in Finland in the 1990s, when he was seen to advocate restoring Russia’s pre-Soviet borders. At that time Finland was a grand duchy under the rule of the Russian Tsar. He was also quoted as dismissing the independence of the Baltic Countries as a “fairly tale”.
Now he says that he was misquoted. “I would be happy to give away more parts”, he said on Monday.
Already in April 2007, Zhirinovsky, the leader of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, said in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat that Finland should have the city of Vyborg.
Zhirinovsky’s party is running in Russia’s parliamentary elections, which will be held on Sunday.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky (Wikipedia)