During a meeting with the Russian government broadcast live, the Russian president strongly attacked the West as well as the Russians who earn their money here, with [us] but live there.
So Vladimir warned the Russians he called traitors, saying the West wanted to try to use them as a fifth column to destroy the country. According to him, there are Russians who are more connected to the West than to Russia, and he said that the Russian people will quickly know how to distinguish between traitors and patriots.
The statements came during a Russian government meeting to discuss economic support measures in response to Western sanctions against Russia. The meeting was broadcast live on national television.
Any people, and especially the Russian people, will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors, and spit them out like a gnat that accidentally landed in their mouths, he continued. The collective West wants to divide our society, provoke a civil confrontation in Russia and use the fifth column to achieve its goal. And there is only one goal – the destruction of Russia. But they will not succeed in this.
I am convinced that this natural and necessary self-purification of society will only strengthen our country, our solidarity, our cohesion and our ability to meet any challenge, he concluded, according to comments reported by the Reuters news agency.