icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Ukraine's Zelensky is a good actor, but actually being president is a different matter – Putin

Ukraine's Zelensky is a good actor, but actually being president is a different matter – Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky for his skill in his area of expertise – acting. He then pointed out the obvious difference between playing a president on TV and actually being one.

Putin elicited chuckles from the audience at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday, speaking about the possibility of meeting the new Ukrainian leader without any preconditions. Putin said he wouldn't mind meeting the former comedian, though he hasn't been approached by the Ukrainian side yet.

Also on rt.com Zelensky plagiarizes Poroshenko’s ‘imperial Russia’ line, then says it was planted

"I don't know this man, but I hope we will get to know each other at some point," Putin said, before giving a brief characterization of Zelensky, a political novice who blindsided the previous Ukrainian president, confectionery magnate Petro Poroshenko, with a landslide victory in April's election.

He seems to be an expert in what used to be his job until recently – he is a good actor.

Putin's words were met with laughter from the audience, but he said he was serious about the merits of his acting skills. Whether those skills are applicable when leading a country is another matter.

"It is one thing to play somebody, and another to actually be somebody," Putin said. He admitted that Zelensky may well have the necessary presidential traits – apart from political experience – but so far he isn't projecting a clear image of himself.

"He has not revealed himself yet. We've seen contradictory statements. We'll see."

One of Zelensky's last pre-presidency shows was the comedy series 'Servant of the People', in which he played a former high school history teacher whose anti-government rant propels him to the presidency – almost exactly the same route that took Zelensky to power in real life.

Subscribe to RT newsletter to get stories the mainstream media won’t tell you.