Vladimir Putin criticises Greta Thunberg's United Nations speech on climate change

Vladimir Putin criticises Greta Thunberg's United Nations speech on climate change”

Putin is the second world leader in a fortnight likely to have incurred the wrath of the 16-year old pig-tailed school drop out and climate activist.

Thunberg later updated her Twitter profile to say she was "a kind but poorly informed teenager", the same wording Putin had used to describe her, according to media.

After her speech at the UN, Trump mocked her tone on Twitter, saying she "seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future".

On Wednesday, Putin referred to a speech given by the 16 year old at a United Nations climate meeting last month, saying he does not share the excitement about it.

At an energy forum in Moscow Wednesday, Putin discussed Thunberg's recent speech at the United Nations, where she denounced world leaders for failing to combat climate change.

'I'm sure that Greta is a kind and very honest girl. He said her parents, actor Svante Thunberg and former Eurovision singer Malena Ernman, "were as far from climate activists as possible before I made them aware of the situation", she wrote on Facebook.

Putin said it was praiseworthy for young people to raise environmental issues, but raised the possibility that someone was manipulating Thunberg "in their own interests".

Speaking at an energy conference in Moscow, Mr Putin said: "Nobody explained to Greta that the modern world is complicated and complex".

He warned "adults must do all they cannot to lead teenagers and children into any extreme situations".

The teenager has inspired millions of people to pour onto the streets around the globe to demand governments take emergency action on climate change.

Earlier this week, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament, the Duma, invited Thunberg to Russia to deliver a speech. What started as a one-person protest in front of Swedish parliament turned into the global action Fridays For Future. "You come to us young people for hope".

Incidentally, this is not the first time that President Trump has taunted Greta Thunberg.

"How dare you?. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words".

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