'Don't remember you opposing Putin' Salmond shamed over Russia TV links in tense clash

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Alex Salmond was quizzed over his involvement with Russian state-controlled media network RT. The former Scottish First Minister has hosted his regular slot of The Alex Salmond Show on the Russian network since 2017. Mr Salmond postponed the show in February of this year in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, an act he maintained came as a “substantial shock.” Broadcaster Iain Dale questioned Mr Salmond’s prolonged involvement with RT, suggesting the former Scottish leader had failed to react to numerous early warning signs of Russian aggression.

Speaking on LBC, Mr Salmond said: “I’ve opposed every illegal invasion, regardless of the country, over the last thirty years.”

Host Mr Dale queried his statement as he added: “I don’t remember you opposing what Putin did in Ukraine on your RT programme.

“It was obvious to many of us that an invasion was coming.”

The former SNP leader replied: “In that case, you were several steps ahead of much opinion – too many people it was a substantial surprise.”

Mr Salmond continued: “I must confess that the invasion of Ukraine this last February was a substantial shock. 

“I think it was a dramatic mistake by Vladimir Putin, as well as being an illegal invasion. 

“It was a move I did not expect and I suspect I’m not alone in being taken by surprise.”

He appeared to mock Mr Dale as he added: “If only you’d been advising the UK Government.”

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