‘Not partners, friends’: Putin calls out his ‘bandit’ translator for making him sound less warm to Sweden

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Russian President Vladimir Putin branded his translator a “bandit” during a conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, after noticing a not very accurate translation of his words. The conversation Tuesday followed the international Arctic forum in St. Petersburg, where Russia is attempting to strengthen ties with other states in the region. Putin highlighted the $5 billion Swedish businessmen invested in Russia, referring to them as “druz’ya” (friends), not once, but twice, emphasizing the word.

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