Putins warning to traitors and oligarchs involved bizarre rant about oysters

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a chilling warning to the West and Russian "traitors" in a strange rant that mentioned oysters, midges and gender freedoms.

The warning came in the form of a high octane television address almost three weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Putin's speech saw the furious Russian President seethe at "scum traitors" who he said would be spat out "like a midge that flew into their mouths."

He also claimed that the West would use "those who earn their money here, but live over there" as a "fifth column" designed to divide Russian society in the manic speech.

The 69-year-old warmonger said: "I do not judge those with villas in Miami or the French Riviera. Or who can't get by without oysters or foie gras or so-called 'gender freedoms.'

"The problem is they mentally exist there, and not here, with our people, with Russia.

"The West will try to bet on the so-called fifth column, on traitors… to divide our society… to provoke civil confrontation… to strive to achieve its aim. And there is one aim – the destruction of Russia."

Putin continued his rambling rant by claiming the West was determined to impose sanctions on his country, claiming that "they just don't want a strong and sovereign Russia."

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Putin, who instigated strict laws on controlling the speech of his people and press freedoms, gave the speech at the same time reports were released saying the Russian invasion of Ukraine had stalled.

Ukrainian forces are said to be holding ground and even pushing back against the aggressors, The Mirror reports.

The speech also coincides with the Russian economy sinking further into the red, with reports that the Russian government, as well as firms such as Gazprom, Lukoil and Sberbank, are potentially going to default on $117million (£88million) in interest payments.

Putin's bizarre speech may have been an attempt at calming concerned members of the public about the stalled war or the financial implications.

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