Well all politicians – at least Western ones – are liars. It is terrible that we do not honour the great Russian contribution to the war as we should. And Russia still has an air of mystery about it for us here. Many British expats live in Spain, and many would holiday in Greece, but I cannot imagine anyone ever going on holiday to the Black Sea.
“changed their boots in the air” (*russian idiom for changing the mask)
there is a simpler word which we often use and that is “turncoat”.
You know, before I knew you I had never even heard of Krasnodar and yet I see that it is a huge city. We know so little of Russia here and we ignore her presence.