FT Editor Gives A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Vladimir Putin Interview
28 June 2019, 12:24 | Updated: 28 June 2019, 12:33
The editor of the Financial Times gave a remarkable - and quite chilling - behind-the-scenes take on what it was like to interview Vladimir Putin.
Lionel Barber got an exclusive interview with the Russian President from the G20 Summit in Osaka.
And he revealed how Mr Putin had a way of looking straight through you - and knows how to make you fear him.
He told James: "He's a very calm and collected person who stares right through you. He knows how to do theatre, he shows all the wiliness of the KGB ex-agent, he's evasive, he teases. And occasionally he scolds.
"I made the mistake of actually challenging him and interrupting him and, staring through me, he said 'Hmmm, we were getting on so well. It started so well.'"
Listeners found the interview fascinating. Regular LBC presenter Ayesha Hazarika tweeted:
This is a chilling interview on @LBC between @mrjamesob & @lionelbarber about the @FT interview with Putin. The bit about how Syria had helped the Russian army with target practice is absolutely monstrous. And P’s attack on liberalism is more proof of our ugly culture war— Ayesha Hazarika (@ayeshahazarika) June 28, 2019
Watch the full, fascinating interview at the top of the page.