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Russia. Vladimir Putin scolded the Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov. “What are you messing around with?”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting of the Council of Ministers, reprimanded Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov for delaying the purchase of aircraft. Putin’s conversation with the ministers was shown on Russian television. Do you not understand the situation we are in? This should be done within a month, and not later, as he told Manturov.

On Wednesday, Putin met the ministers in a video conference broadcast on Russian television.

For several minutes, Russian President Denis Manturov was accused of being late in ordering civil and military aircraft.

“It’s been too long,” said Putin, who has never refrained from publicly criticizing senior officials. – What are you messing with? When will contracts be signed? Asked.

Vladimir Putin and Denis ManturovAlexey Nikolsky / Sputnik / Kremlin Pool / Pap

An angry Putin interrupted the minister. “Don’t you understand the situation we are in?”

Despite this, during the video conference, Putin praised the actions of his ministers on economic issues. However, Manturov repeatedly interrupted as the Minister of Trade and Industry discussed in detail plans for planes, helicopters, and boats. These 700 aircraft, including helicopters, must be arranged with the Ministry of Defense. The President noted that many companies have not yet received any applications Russia.

When the head of the ministry explained that his ministry had launched a program for the production of helicopter engines in St. Petersburg. UkraineThe chief intervened, complaining that it was all taking too long.

When the public humiliation of the politician drew to a close, Manturov announced that his department would do what it could. But this was not enough for an increasingly restless Putin. – No, do it in a month. Do you not understand the situation we are in? He said it should be done within a month, not later.

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Denis Manturov is a loyal member of the government Russian President Vladimir Putin Since 2012, he regularly accompanies the president on foreign and domestic trips. He was put in charge of overseeing Russia’s arms industry last summer when deficiencies in the field were brought to light on the battlefield in Ukraine.

Changes in the leadership of Russian forces in Ukraine

The government meeting took place on the same day that President Putin replaced the general Sergey Surovikin, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov In the post of commander of the Russian forces attacking Ukraine.

The change came just three months after Surovikin was appointed last October after a series of Russian failures at the front. However, as the BBC notes, the general failed to turn the tide of the war.

Main image source: Alexey Nikolsky / Sputnik / Kremlin Pool / Pap