Vladimir Putin vows that United States ‘will never subjugate Russia’

Russian president echoes Al Capone as he says ‘weapons and politeness’ are better than ‘politeness alone’

Vladimir Putin issued a defiant message to the West on Tuesday, accusing the United States of trying to “subjugate” Russia while promising it would never succeed.

The Russian president also appeared to channel Al Capone, the Chicago mobster, when he joked that “weapons and politeness” were more effective than “politeness alone”.

Meeting supporters at a forum in Moscow, Mr Putin corrected another speaker who said that the United States wanted to humiliate Russia.

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