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Fact Check-Video of Putin with falsified subtitles purporting to show his support for India in Gilgit-Baltistan territorial dispute with Pakistan circulates online

A segment of a televised address made by Russian President Vladimir Putin has been circulating online with falsified subtitles claiming to show Putin indicating support for India in a territorial dispute with Pakistan over the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Instead, the Russian president was actually discussing economic sanctions made against Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The subtitles burned into the 29-second clip read: “I clarified during my speech at the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) that Gilgit Baltistan should be part of India. Russia does not support Pakistani initiative to create Gilgit as provisional province. PM Imran Khan came to Moscow to convince me on this issue. He talked about bringing a gas and oil pipeline from Russia to Pakistan through China and Gilgit.”

One user who shared the clip via Twitter said: “A must listen video on how Putin dismissed Imran Khan. Serious. Hilarious too.” The clip had over 65,000 views at the time of writing (archive.ph/s2BTE).

Another user who shared the video on Facebook said: “BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!! President Putin announced to veto the issue of Gilgit provisional province in the Security Council (here).

Other examples of the clip shared online can be found (here), (here), (here), (archive.ph/RUeTz), (here).

The subtitles burned onto the video are incorrect and falsified, however. The Russian president made no reference to Gilgit Baltistan or Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in the statement.

Instead, the Russian president was speaking following the imposition of sweeping sanctions against Moscow following the invasion of Ukraine.

The correct translation reads: “I gathered you to speak on the economic and financial issues that we had been discussing with (Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin), naturally bearing in mind the sanctions that the so-called Western community - as I called it in my speech, the 'empire of lies' - is now trying to implement against our country” (here).

Reuters also reported on the comments made by Putin on Feb. 28, 2022 (here).

The correct subtitles were covered by numerous news outlets, with videos uploaded by Sky News, Euronews, The Sun and Global News viewable (here), (bit.ly/3sD0Mrd), (bit.ly/35KXqtt), (bit.ly/3IG7q5I).

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan recently visited Russia to discuss a pipeline project (here).

More information on Pakistan-Russia collaboration on the gas pipeline project can be found (here).

VERDICT

False. A video circulating online purporting to show Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing support for India over the territorial dispute with Pakistan over Gilgit-Baltistan has incorrect and falsified subtitles. The correct translation shows the Russian president making comments on Feb. 28, 2022 after the West implemented sweeping sanctions against Moscow following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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