Virus has exposed deep-seated internal crises in US: Putin

WION Web Team
MoscowUpdated: Jun 15, 2020, 03:12 PM IST

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photograph:(Reuters)

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Russia has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases after the United States and Brazil

Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview said the country was exiting the "coronavirus situation steadily, in the States it isn't happening that way".

"The (US) president says we need to do such-and-such but the governors somewhere tell him where to go," Putin stressed, adding, "I think the problem is that group interests, party interests are put higher than the interests of the whole of society and the interests of the people."

Russia has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases after the United States and Brazil. There are currently 536,484 coronavirus cases in the country with 8,835 new virus cases reported on Sunday. The country has reported 6,948 COVID-19 deaths so far.

The country has been easing the lockdown amid the pandemic with Putin determined to hold a parade on June 24 to celebrate Russia's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Putin asserted that the virus has exposed "deep-seated internal crises in the US".

The United States has the most number of coronavirus cases with 2 million infections and over 115, 730 fatalities. Several areas are reportedly experecicing a second wave even as lockdown restricitions have been eased.

The Russian president said the central government and regional leaders work "as one team", while adding,"I doubt anyone in the government or the regions would say "we're not going to do what the government says, what the president says, we think it's wrong".