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MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that cooling in relations with the U.S. and the West began with the military campaign in Iraq in 2003.
“First of all, I want to say that some cooling in our relations began with events in Iraq. It began not yesterday, not last year and not this year,” he said during a televised question-and-answer session.
“Then events in Libya and other parts of the world began,” he said.
Putin said he had repeatedly expressed his position on pressing international problems.
“We observe chaos everywhere. And we do not think that our partners’ position is absolutely right,” he said.
At the same time he concluded that “this does not mean that we do not need a complex of measures targeted at building relations in a certain fashion.”