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Putin compares himself to Tsar Peter the Great in fight to expand Russia

“Putin has been tearing off a lot of masks — what he’s revealing rather consistently is Russia’s new imperial ambitions,” one expert said.

President Vladimir Putin has compared himself to Peter the Great, saying he shares the 18th-century czar’s goal of returning “Russian lands” to a greater empire, NBC News reports.

Speaking after visiting an exhibition to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Peter’s birth on Thursday, Putin drew a parallel to his invasion of Ukraine.

“Peter the Great waged the Great Northern War for 21 years. It would seem that he was at war with Sweden, he took something from them,” he said, according to a translation from Reuters. “He did not take anything from them, he returned [them].”

Referring to the Ukraine invasion he said: “Apparently, it also fell to us to return [what is Russia’s] and strengthen [the country]. And if we proceed from the fact that these basic values form the basis of our existence, we will certainly succeed in solving the tasks that we face.”

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