Vladimir Putin: I’ve never made a mistake because God built me to be perfect
Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed he has never made a mistake – because God built him to be “perfect”.
The anti-gay politician made the claim in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
He was asked: “Is there an action that you most regret in your life, something that you consider a mistake and wouldn’t want to repeat ever again?”
Mr Putin replied: “I’ll be totally frank with you. I cannot recollect anything of the kind.
“It appears that the Lord built my life in a way that I have nothing to regret.”
Presumably he did not “regret” signing the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law – which bans the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships” to minors.
In a previous interview, Putin claimed the West has invented Russia’s record of homophobia.
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He said: “It is a label attached to the Russian Federation by other countries, especially by those which have criminal responsibility for people of non-traditional sexual orientation.
“[Homosexuality] is not the choice of our society, but those are people whose rights are not cut.
“[It’s not our] intention to persecute people of whatever non-traditional orientation.”
“We are not punishing anyone, but traditional family, healthy nation — those are our choices.
“One does not exclude the other, and one does not affect the other. I believe, a balanced approach like this is absolutely correct.”