“If this decision is made” — to award Putin the prize — “great, if not, it’s no problem as well,” Peskov said.
The nomination comes as one of Putin’s most prominent critics, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, is poisoned with Novichok, a toxin that has against other opponents of the regime. The Kremlin has flatly rejected the claim that Navalny was poisoned in Russia.with a Soviet-era nerve agent. Independent laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden have confirmed that he was
President Trump has also beenfor the Nobel Peace Prize this year. His nomination was submitted by a Norwegian lawmaker, who nominated him in 2018 as well.
Last week, Presidents Trump and Putin were among those “honored” with the Ig Nobel Prize for Medical Education — a tongue-in-cheek award bestowed on them and other world leaders “for using the Covid-19 viral pandemic to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can.”
AFP contributed to this report.