“For Vladimir Putin, I would take a bullet.” This was the statement that a few days ago was given by Bernie Ecclestone, the former boss of Formula 1, causing quite a few negative reactions.
The former F1 boss sparked outrage by describing Putin as a man of values and “a classy person”, but in an interview with Sky Sports News today, the billionaire apologized and clarified his views on the war.
“I think that often people come out and say things or do things without much thought. I must have done the same. I can understand people thinking I’m defending what he did in Ukraine, which I’m not. I grew up during the war, the last war, so I know what it’s like. So I am sorry that people in Ukraine have to suffer for something that is not their fault. They have done nothing wrong. They didn’t start anything. They want to continue their lives normally. They want the children to go to school and try to go to work and earn money to make a living to support the family. So they don’t deserve to suffer. It’s not good for anyone. I don’t think anyone can benefit from this situation, so it would be good if they sit down at a table and find an agreement. I’m sorry if anything I said upset someone, because that was certainly not my intention,” he said.
We recall that in the interview that caused controversy, among other things, Ecclestone said that the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, before the war, was only a comedian, adding that he continues to remain so… only an actor.
He then insisted that the invasion could have ended differently if Zelensky had talked to Putin.
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