Ex-Russian president mocks EU over dropping claim over Ukraine losses – Reuters

Dmitry Medvedev claimed that Ursula von der Leyen’s actions betrayed her submission to the United States

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s self-censorship after deleting a tweet mentioning Ukrainian victims is “humiliating”, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

He added that the raid showed the block was just an American puppet.

“It is obvious that ‘Aunt Ursula’ was slapped by her bosses in Washington”, Medvedev said in a post on VK. “Seemed to hurt too. It sounds extremely humiliating.

There is no EU, there is only the 51st [US] State.

The president of the EU executive had claimed in a speech that 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers had died in the fighting so far, along with 20,000 civilians. Shortly after, however, the tweet about it on von der Leyen’s account disappeared. The reference was also removed from the transcript of the speech on the European Commission’s website and deleted from the video which the EC re-shared on social media.

The self-censorship was later confirmed, with spokeswoman Dana Spinant claiming the number was a “estimate” of “external resources” and referred to all casualties – the killed and wounded combined. Spinning too thanked all those who “pointed out the inaccuracy” in von der Leyen’s original speech.

Medvedev was Russia’s president between 2008 and 2012, then prime minister until 2020, when he accepted the post of deputy chairman of the National Security Council.

He has been openly critical of the West since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. On Tuesday he said that NATO was a “criminal entity” which should repent of its crimes against humanity and be dissolved. Earlier this week, he commented on his Telegram account that the “wedding” between the EU and the United States are heading for a divorce due to the decision of Washington “economic cheating”.


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