VLADIMIR Putin has taken aim at “poorly informed teenager” Greta Thunberg for “telling developing countries they should keep living in poverty”. The Swedish schoolgirl has risen to global fame, becoming the face of the climate change protest movement around the world. She was even invited to speak in front of the UN at a recent climate summit, where she slammed world leaders for their “empty words” and urged immediate action. But the Russian president wasn’t impressed by her impassioned plea, and ripped into the 16-year-old at an energy forum in Moscow yesterday. He claimed it’s hypocritical to lecture poorer countries on the environmental impact of their bids to become more developed like the West. Putin said: “I may disappoint you but I don’t share the common excitement about the speech by Greta Thunberg.“No one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and different and … people in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden. “Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty and not be like Sweden.” FIERY SPEECH Greta last month blasted governments for thinking only of money as she said… Read full this story
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