[A-List] West Deceived Russia On NATO Expansion, Missiles: Putin
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Mon Aug 30 23:18:41 MDT 2010
Russian Information Agency Novosti
August 30, 2010
Putin slams West for deceiving Russia
Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused western countries
of using unfair political methods including deceit and breaking promises to
obstruct the process of "resetting" relations between Russia and the West.
In an interview in Kommersant daily, Putin said his speech at the 2007
Munich Security Conference, which several western politicians considered a
declaration of reviving the Cold War, was still relevant, as many western
countries are unfair in their dealings with Russia.
"At time of the withdrawal from East Europe, the NATO secretary general
promised the USSR it could be confident that NATO would not expand over its
current boundaries," Putin said.
"And where is it? I asked them [NATO officials] about this. They have
nothing to say. They deceived us in the rudest way."
Russia-U.S. relations face a lot of problems, Putin said. "We had just come
to terms that there would be no missiles [NATO missile defense systems] in
Poland...but it was suddenly announced that the same [missile defense system
deployment] was planned for other European countries."
"I think it [the Munich speech] was useful. Because I said the truth... They
[Western countries] told us one thing, but did another. They spoofed us in
the full sense of this world," the premier said
Putin cited the case of Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot arrested in
Liberia on charges of drug trafficking and extradited to the United States
in May 2010.
"His [Yaroshenko's] lawyer set out the issue precisely: A Russian resident
in an African country was accused of drug trafficking. How do U. S. state
interests come into the picture? No one can say exactly! They took a foreign
resident and moved him out in secret. What is this?"
"In this sense, all that I spoke about in Munich is relevant today," Putin
U.S. President Barrack Obama seems to be sincere in his intentions to
improve relations, Putin said. "I would like to see whether he will manage
or not. But he wants to. I have an instinct that this is his sincere
position," Putin said.
Russia-U.S. relations improved after Obama came into office in 2009 and then
visited Russia. In April 2010, Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
signed a pact to replace the START 1 strategic arms reduction treaty which
expired on December 5. The new treaty is seen as an important part of
efforts to reset relations between the two countries.
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