MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday characterised the January riot on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump as a “stroll.”
Putin made the remark in a gathering on growing funding exercise, throughout which he mentioned Russia is curious about stability in the US.
“A number of the individuals who took a stroll to the U.S. Congress — 150 folks had been arrested, they face imprisonment from 15 to 25 years. Will all these inside controversies finish there or not? We have no idea, however we would like it to finish, as a result of we’re curious about steady relations with all our principal companions,” Putin mentioned.
Greater than 300 Trump supporters have been charged with a spread of crimes stemming from the siege, which resulted within the deaths of 5 folks, together with a police officer.
Whereas some face costs that carry a possible most jail sentence of 20 years, they’d be unlikely to serve such a hefty sentence if convicted.
The rioters, who contended that Trump was the true winner of the 2020 election, had been attempting to forestall the U.S. Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s win.