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US officials question Putin’s mental health

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin Image credit: nbcnews.com

The White House Press Secretary has questioned Vladimir Putin’s mental health saying she believes his wellbeing has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jen Paski was speaking to told ABC’s This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Paski said: “The speech he gave last week … was somebody who was not only justifying the invasion of a sovereign country but clearly had ambitions beyond that.

“He’s obviously been quite isolated during Covid. But I will tell you, certainly the rhetoric, the actions, the justification that he’s making for his actions are certainly deeply concerning to us.”

Republican Senator Marco Rubio also raised concerns about Putin’s wellbeing.

He tweeted: “I wish I could share more, but for now I can say it’s pretty obvious to many that something is off with Putin.

“He has always been a killer, but his problem now is different and significant. It would be a mistake to assume this Putin would react the same way he would have 5 years ago.”

Senator Rubio, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Putin “appears to have some neuro/psychological issues.”

“But most telling is this is a man who has long prided himself on emotional control. His recent flashes of anger is very uncharacteristic and show an erosion in impulse control.”

Rubio tweeted: “Let me stress again that we are NOT dealing with 2008 Putin.

“It is a grave error to assume he will make the same calculations & decisions today that he would have made in the past.

“The old Putin was a cold blooded but calculating killer. This new Putin is even more dangerous.”

If you are affected by the Ukraine crisis go to the Mind website for mental health support.