Arnold Schwarzenegger has delivered a powerful video message to President Vladimir Putin to “stop this war” between Russia and Ukraine.
The actor, bodybuilder and former Governor of California was the very first Western film star to make a movie in Moscow with Red Heat in 1988, as the country came to the end of the Cold War with Russia.
Now, with Russia and the USA at an impasse once again over President Putin’s invasion, the iconic actor has called out the Russian President in a nine-minute video he posted to his Twitter account. Watch below:
I love the Russian people. That is why I have to tell you the truth. Please watch and share. pic.twitter.com/6gyVRhgpFV
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 17, 2022
After speaking about his history with Russia, his personal feelings on the conflict and calling for it to stop, he spoke directly to the President:
‘to president putin, i say: you started this war. you are leading this war. you can stop this war’
He had a message of a praise for those who were protesting the war in Russia on home turf, despite the looming threat of arrest:
‘The world has seen your bravery. We know that you have suffered the consequences of your courage. You have been arrested. You have been jailed. And you have been beaten. You are my new heroes.’