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Soros tells Merkel and Hollande to ‘learn from Putin’

American billionaire George Soros is convinced that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have something to "learn from Putin."

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande

It is reported by Joinfo.ua with reference to Soros' interview for Bloomberg.

According to the American entrepreneur, European leaders should begin to provide material support to Ukraine without a high-profile announcement of this and public denial of the fact of providing this support. However, the billionaire did not specify the form of support for Ukraine in question.

84-year-old billionaire said that Europe could completely rebuild the Ukrainian army so that if the Kremlin decided to open hostilities, Putin would pay a high price for it. The billionaire said that, in his opinion, Kyiv needed the support of both the EU and the United States.

A journalist asked him whether he was referring to financial support or something more "military", and the businessman said that Ukraine was in dire need of money.

However, Soros said, an expression of political support from the European countries and the United States would be even more important to Ukraine. "They must do whatever it takes to help Ukraine not only to survive, but to actually make progress in the midst of war. That can affect the final outcome of the conflict," said the businessman.