Ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has said he would stand in front of a gunman trying to shoot
The 88-year-old billionaire thinks Putin would have been ‘too busy’ to have carried out the Novichok attack in Salisbury, and that people were making things up.
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Ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has said that Putin should ‘be running Europe’ and the invasion of Crimea was to ‘bring Russia together’
Mr Ecclestone is a known admirer of the Russian President. They have previously attended sporting events together, and were spotted deep in conversation at the Russian Grand Prix in 2014
‘Why? ‘Because he’s a good guy. He’s never done anything that isn’t doing good things for people.’
The ex-F1 boss also said he thought Putin should be running Europe and that the invasion of Crimea was just to ‘bring Russia back together.’
He added: ‘I would like him running Europe,’ he says. ‘We haven’t got anybody, so it couldn’t be any worse. He does what he says he is going to do . . .
‘I am not a supporter of democracy. You need a dictator. As a dictator, you say, ‘This is what I am going to do.’ In a democracy, it gets watered down.’
The 88-year-old was also dismissive of the fact that Russia was responsible for the Novichok poisonings in March last year in Salisbury.
He said: ”He didn’t do that. He would be too busy to be worrying about that sort of thing. Storytellers make these things up.’
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok on March 4 last year.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after she came into contact with a perfume container used to carry the Novichok on June 30.
The two suspects – known by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – were caught on CCTV in Salisbury the day before the attack, and in an interview claimed they were just visiting to see the town to see the cathedral.
The Russian government has always denied any involvement in the incident.
Mr Eccelstone is a known admirer of the Russian President, and the duo have been seen at sporting events together.
They were spotted deep in conversation at the Russian Grand Prix in 2014 and Mr Eccelstone previously described Putin as a ‘first-class person’
It is not the first time Mr Ecclestone – who stood down at the CEO of Formula One in 2017 – has stirred controversy.
He was previously forced to apologise when speaking in praise of Adolf Hitler, saying he was a man that could ‘get things done.’