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Putin: Arms Race With US Now At A New Level

In case anybody thought the Cold War was really over.

From France’s AFP:

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address at the Kremlin in Moscow. Russia faces a growing arms race against a "fortress" United States which cares more about its own interests than democracy or human rights, Putin said in his annual state of the nation speech.

Russia needs to be strong against ‘fortress’ US: Putin

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia faces a growing arms race against a "fortress" United States which cares more about its own interests than democracy or human rights, President Vladimir Putin said in his annual state of the nation speech.

In a wide-ranging, nationally televised address to both houses of parliament on Wednesday, Putin spent most time on domestic issues, particularly the rapid decline of the country’s population, which the Russian leader said is losing 700,000 people a year.

But his most biting comments targeted the United States, which has become increasingly critical of Russia’s human rights records, with Vice President Dick Cheney claiming last week that "opponents of democracy" were seeking to roll back post-Soviet gains.

Putin warned that it was "premature to speak of the end of the arms race. It is in reality rising to a new technological level."

He said that Russia was forced to react when the United States was spending 25 times more on defence.

"In the defence sphere, this is called ‘their house is their fortress.’ Well done! But it means that we must build our house strongly, reliably, because we see what’s going on in the world."

Putin — who in July hosts US President George W. Bush and other leaders of the Group of Eight at a Saint Petersburg summit — swiped at US complaints that his seven-year rule has undercut Russian democracy.

"Where does the whole pathos about the need to struggle for democracy and human rights disappear to, when the talk is about ensuring one’s own interests?" he demanded. "Then it seems everything is possible. There are no limits at all."

He then borrowed a Russian saying to illustrate the United States’ alleged double standards. "As the saying goes, comrade wolf knows who to eat and he eats without listening to others."

It’s really a pity we spent billions of dollars propping us this gangster regime.

The Russians need to have a real revolution.

The trouble is, they seem to be natural slaves who actually love the whip.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 10th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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