Putin hails ‘magnificent monument’ that will hopefully ‘stand for centuries’

Putin speaks at a ceremony for the inauguration of a memorial for the victims of the siege of Leningrad.

At the end of his prepared text at the conclusion of his address, Putin says: “I just want to add a few words. This is a magnificent monument and it will stand for a long time, for centuries, I hope.

“And you can dedicate a monument in many ways. The way that you [Israel] have done this today…” Putin pauses, and shakes his head in appreciation. “Thank you.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a ceremony in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020 commemorating the people of Leningrad during the Second World War Nazi siege on the city. (EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

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