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Ms Skabeyeva discussed former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s comments about taking a bullet for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian state media host claimed Putin was a first-class person despite Western critics claiming otherwise. And went on to say Putin was doing everything for Russia and claimed the West was now freaking out over Mr Ecclestone’s comments. Mr Ecclestone’s statements have been condemned by Formula 1, racing champions and the British public.

Ms Skabeyeva told Russia 1: “You won’t believe this, friends and comrades, but it turns out that Putin is a first class person.

“He does everything for Russia and now I quote ‘I would take a bullet for him.’

“The former Formula 1 boss made the remark on Good Morning Britain and on Talk TV.

“Right now in Britain they’re freaking out, but it’s worth it, watch it.”

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Journalist Kate Garraway asked Mr Ecclestone if he would disconnect from Putin after the invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Ecclestone said: “Yes, I would always take a bullet for him.

“I’d rather it didn’t hurt, but if it does, I’d still take a bullet. He is a first class person and what he is doing is something he believed was the right thing, he was doing for Russia. Unfortunately, he’s like a lot of business people, certainly like me, we make mistakes from time to time.

“When you’ve made a mistake, you have to do your best to get out of it.” The former F1 boss also slammed chairman Zelensky, who many have praised for his handling of the dispute.

“The other person in Ukraine (Zelensky). His profession, I understand, was a comedian and I think he seems to want to continue that profession. I think if he had thought about things, he certainly would have made a pretty big effort to talk to Mr. Putin who is a sensible person and would have listened to him and probably done something about it.

He also claimed that the deaths following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were not “intentional”.

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Formula 1 fans and those opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine pressured Mr Ecclestone to retract his comments, but he refused to back down and apologize.

Mr Ecclestone later discussed his comments with journalist Piers Morgan despite overwhelming condemnation in his first interview on the matter with Good Morning Britain.

Formula 1 had to issue a statement about Mr Ecclestone’s comments due to the outrage he caused.

In response to Mr Ecclestone, Formula 1 said: “Bernie Ecclestone’s comments are his personal views and stand in stark contrast to the modern values ​​position of our sport.”



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