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Putin critical of US but not anti-American - Russian MP

October 25, 2014, 22:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“There was an impression that the so-called ‘cold war winners’ decided to ‘put the squeeze on the situation’ and to change the world exclusively ‘for their needs and interests’,” Aleksei Pushkov said
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MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. A speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Valdai club meeting was critical of the United States but not anti-American, the chairman of the Russian State Duma’s committee for international affairs, Aleksei Pushkov, twittered on Saturday.

“But the U.S. is thin-skinned to criticism and allows only ill-conceived admiration,” he said.

A major part of Putin’s speech at the forum focused on the U.S. policy on the global arena as an answer to U.S. President Barack Obama who called Russia the second threat to global security after the Ebola virus outbreak but before terrorism.

Putin said that “the self-appointed leader” - the United States - declaring itself the winner of the cold war considered self-confidently that there is no need” in reconstruction of international relations.

“There was an impression that the so-called ‘cold war winners’ decided to ‘put the squeeze on the situation’ and to change the world exclusively ‘for their needs and interests’,” he said.

Thus, a notion of “national sovereignty” has become a relevant term that is adapted to loyalty to the U.S. - the higher loyalty is the more legitimate could be the ruling regime.

Enumerating multiple blunders made by the Unites States that backed up militants in Afghanistan in the Soviet Union’s times, turned a blind eye on terrorist activity against Russia, interfered into Libya’s internal affairs and supplied weapons to Syrian militants, Putin said that “the American counterparts are constantly struggling with the results of their own policy.”

Russia has repeatedly warned Washington of a danger of these activities but blinded by their “grandeur” the U.S. “did not heed Moscow’s precautions.”

So the U.S. efforts have brought about a rather dangerous situation in the new, altered world and urgent stabilisation is much needed here so that to return to the principles of international law and to revive undermined respect for sovereignty.

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