Alexander Ovechkin finally Response to the crisis In Ukraine, some good-sounding but ultimately meaningless words were said at a press conference in Philadelphia.
“It’s a tough situation. You know, I have a lot of friends in Russia and Ukraine, and it’s hard to see the war. Like, I hope it’s over soon.
“Please, stop fighting. It doesn’t matter who is in the war – Russia, Ukraine, different countries, I think we live in a world like, we have to live in peace and greatness. “
He brushed aside the immediate question of whether to support the invasion of Ukraine, saying: “It’s not in my hands.” On Vladimir Putin, he said, “He’s my president, but what do I say, I’m not involved in politics, I’m an athlete.”
It’s fair to ask the Washington Capitals star about Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. After all, he’s probably the most famous athlete to publicly support the dictator, even launching a social media campaign called Team Putin in 2017, As described in The Washington Post in 2017 story:
“Today, I want to announce a social movement in the name of Putin’s team,” Ovechkin wrote in the post, along with a photo of Ovechkin being embraced by the Russian leader. “Being part of this team – for me, it’s a privilege, it’s like you put on a Russia jersey and know the whole country is behind you.”
It’s fair to ask Ovechkin these questions, but no one should expect anything other than a perfunctory response prepared by the PR team. Ovechkin is the greatest goal-scoring talent in hockey history, and it’s fun to see him in cup competition, but no one accuses him of being politically sophisticated.
The Moscow-born superstar also mentioned that he has friends and family in Russia who could be leverage if he decides to betray the masters of the Kremlin.
To be fair, nothing in Russian politics, especially as it relates to U.S. interests, is easy, simple, and dry. Oh sure, Putin is vicious enough, but in this US-Russian proxy war there are no good guys, just oligarchs, imperialists and the poor innocent people of Ukraine and Russia caught in the middle. There is nothing to justify Putin’s blatant aggression against a sovereign nation, but the moment has been building since the 2014 overthrow of a Moscow-leaning government and increased U.S. influence in the region.For example, Ovi, 36, wisely did not propose many Russians accuse US Potential interests of U.S. oil companies and military contractors such as Raytheon and Lockheed Martin for fomenting war in the region.
There’s nothing quite as simple as cable news, and a few retweets will make it look.
New York Rangers star Russia wing Artemi Panarin has been an outspoken critic of Putin, particularly the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. President Joe Biden has warned Putin of dire consequences if Navalny dies in prison. But it turned out that Navalny wasn’t a good guy either, as Amnesty International removed his “prisoner of conscience” label for his xenophobia and advocacy of violence, although it is fast overturned that decision.
Ultimately, Ovechkin expressed everyone’s hope: the crisis will end and peace will come.
Historically, however, it was always easier to say you were anti-war than to actually condemn your own government in times of war. If the traces of this Cold War get hotter, this will be something to remember in the coming days.