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Vladimir Putin Calls 'Putin's Inflation' In The West 'Nonsense' Photo by Denis Sinyakov/AFP via Getty Images

Former Prime Minister of the UK Gordon Brown shared that he felt threatened by Vladimir Putin during a meeting with the Russian leader in Moscow.

Describing Putin's bullying for the first time, the 71-year-old recalled their 2006 meeting when he was then-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Chancellor, reported The Sun. In order to unnerve his British visitor, Putin took out a number of cards and read out information about him, and the incident left the future UK Prime Minister under “no illusions” as to what his opponent was like, according to Mirror.

Brown told The Telegraph that when he first met Putin in 2006 at the Kremlin, he was put in a "very low seat so that I was looking up at him." He recalled that on the day of the meeting, Putin took out index cards, and proceeded to read out all this "information he had about me, as though he wanted to prove that he knew more about me than I knew about myself." According to him, so when people say that the Russian leader has changed and is only "now threatening, I can tell you that he was threatening me even then.”

Brown has targeted the 150 nations who didn't impose sanctions on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine that started in February. During his appearance on the BBC's Sunday Morning show, he said that he applauds North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) unity, but there is a problem with "coordinating sanctions where some countries are not prepared to do it." He noted that what they have also seen is "global disunity" as 82 countries refuse to support the action against Russia for its breach of human liberties, "150 countries around the world are not imposing sanctions, so we have global disunity."

According to him, one of the reasons is that "we have not shown people that globalization, which is led by the West, is working to reduce poverty, raise living standards and of course, deal with climate change in the poorer countries and really have to honor our promises." He shared that despite the fact 24 billion vaccines have being produced this year, "two billion people remain unvaccinated," and of course "climate change promises to Africa have not been met.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the State Awarding Ceremony at the Grand Kremlin Palace, June,12,2022, in Moscow, Rusia. Russia Day, celebrated annually on 12 June since 1992, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR). Photo by Contributor/Getty Images

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