Putin: NATO War Games in Georgia Hurt U.S.-Russian Ties
In an interview with the Japanese media, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin commented on NATO’s war games in Georgia, situation in troubled Afghanistan, North Korean nuclear ambitions and other international thorny issues. (40:29):
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says NATO war games in Georgia are hurting Washington’s efforts to rebuild diplomatic ties with Moscow.
In an interview with Japanese media and released Sunday by the Kremlin, Mr. Putin said the NATO maneuvers are pointing diplomacy “in the other direction.”
He accused NATO of seeking to prop up Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been under pressure by the opposition in Georgia to resign.
Mr. Putin said the Saakashvili government does not meet any democratic standards, and he questioned why the West is sending a signal of support at this time. >>>
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