Francis Ford Coppola: ‘Someone has to tell Putin to stop and mean it’

Veteran US director Francis Ford Coppola said the war in Ukraine could end if someone told Vladimir Putin to “stop and mean it.”

The Oscar-winning director of The Godfather said the Russian president was “not a mentally ill person” when noting the “absurd reality” of the ongoing conflict.

Coppola made the remarks while onstage accepting the Publicists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Coppola made the remarks onstage to accept the Publicists Guild lifetime achievement award (Willy Sanjuan/AP)

“My heart is so full of love for Ukrainian-Americans,” he told viewers.

“It breaks my heart in this absurd reality of this world today and I can’t not talk about it.

He continued: “I confess I have met Putin and I have met (the President of Ukraine) Zelensky, who is really a show business guy.

Putin is not a deranged person, he is a calculating person, and if someone said stop and meant it, he would stop.Francis Ford Coppola

“I know what I’m talking about when I say it, if only a word were said with the force of meaning – stop – it would stop.

“Putin is not a deranged person, he is a calculating person, and if someone said ‘stop’ and meant it, he would stop.”

Coppola won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Picture for his gangster classic The Godfather, the making of which was made into a TV series – The Offer, starring Miles Teller and Juno Temple.

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