Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged on Tuesday that the Soviet Union's actions in sending tanks to quash protests in Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968 were mistakes.
Speaking in Vladivostok, Russia, Putin stated that such foreign policy moves that harm the interests of other nations are incorrect.
According to Reuters, this comes from a leader who, in 2022, deployed a large number of troops into Ukraine, sparking the most significant land conflict in Europe since World War II.
Putin also criticized the United States, claiming that it is making the same errors as the Soviet Union once did. He argued that Washington operates based on "interests" rather than "friendships."
The 1956 Hungarian Uprising saw a brutal end with the intervention of Soviet tanks and troops, resulting in the deaths of at least 2,600 Hungarians and 600 Soviet soldiers.
Similarly, the 1968 Prague Spring was terminated when forces from the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia, causing around 137 Czech and Slovak casualties.
The comments come amid a backdrop of heightened tensions and military actions, notably Putin's own decision to send troops into Ukraine in 2022.
This has led to the largest land war in Europe since the Second World War, raising questions about the sincerity of his recent admissions.