Of course, one US senator would claim that Putin is renewing the cold war. No doubt, this fool is a repugnican or smoking Joe L., trying to cover the fact that his own leader is the one who has renewed the cold war by trampling on rights and freedoms around the globe. We say, Fuck you, senator. Speak when you have something to say.
Putin accuses US of bid to impose will on world
Sunday, February 11, 2007 00:07 IST
MUNICH: Russian President Vladimir Putin, in one of his harshest attacks on the United States in seven years in power, accused Washington on Saturday of attempting to force its will on the world.
In a speech in Germany, that one US senator said smacked of Cold War rhetoric, Putin accused the United States of making the world a more dangerous place by pursuing policies aimed at making it “one single master”.
Attacking the concept of a “unipolar” world in which the United States was the sole superpower, he said: “What is a unipolar world? No matter how we beautify this term it means one single centre of power, one single centre of force and one single master.”
“It has nothing in common with democracy because that is the opinion of the majority taking into account the minority opinion,” he told the gathering of top security and defence officials.
“People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don’t want to learn it themselves,” he said.
The Kremlin has for several weeks been dropping hints that Putin, who steps down next year after two terms in power, was preparing a major foreign policy speech that would point the way for his successor.
Its delivery at the prestigious annual Munich meeting on security was clearly aimed at attracting maximum attention.
“The message I got from his speech was that Putin wants Russia to have the same position in the world as the former Soviet Union,” a senior European official said.
Putin spoke against a background of increasing Russian agitation over US policy on Iraq, and on the Iran and North Korea nuclear issues, as well as growing self-confidence as an emerging energy superpower.
US plans to deploy parts of an anti-missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic have become a fresh irritant in US-Russian relations. Washington says the system is needed for defence against rockets launched by Iran and North Korea — an argument rejected by Moscow.
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