Putin Urges Response Against USA Aggression
Russia's President Vladimir Putin told attendees at the annual Munich
Conference on Security Policy that the United States is encouraging
fringe groups throughout the world to acquire nuclear weapons in
essence to take up a fight against White House strong-arming.
The president told members that President George W Bush is "almost"
uncontained by power and condemned the White House's plans to beef up
missile defense using Poland and the Czech Republic, and for plans to
expand NATO. The speech was President Putin's harshest criticism to
date against President Bush, although the two remain "friends" Russia's
Russia would continue supporting Iran and President Putin told the
White House to stay out of Russia's affairs.
"The United States has overstepped its national borders in every way,"
President Putin said, and "this is very dangerous, nobody feels secure
anymore because nobody can hide behind international law."
President Putin warned that the past six years of aggressive behavior
by President Bush threatens the world's balance of power and "could
provoke an unspecified response."
"We need to respond to this," the president told the forum.
Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT) condemned President Putin for
spewing "Cold War rhetoric," and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)
defined the speech as a clear battle line between the United States and
Russia moving forward.
Other issues discussed at the forum included political support for
Israel, tightening sanctions and policy against Iran, and global
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, who opened the conference, urged
leaders to come together on issues facing all nations due to climate
"Global warming is one of the major medium- to long-term threats that
could have a dramatic effect," Merkel said.
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