Putin blasts US foreign policy

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Russian President Vladimir Putin heavily criticized the United States in a speech at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy Saturday for what he called its "almost uncontained" use of force in the world.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Putin also criticized US plans for missile defense systems and NATO's expansion.

Putin said that nations are witnessing an "almost uncontained hyper use of force" in international relations. The Russian President pointed out that only the UN, and not the EU or NATO, can sanction the legitimate use of force. "One state, the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way."

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—Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Putin stated that the "excessive use of force" showed a lack of capacity for "complex solutions".

"This is very dangerous. Nobody feels secure anymore because nobody can hide behind international law," he said, speaking through a translator. "This is nourishing an arms race with the desire of countries to get nuclear weapons," he told the 250 officials, including more than 40 defense and foreign ministers.

Speaking about the US missile defense system, possibly to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic, he stated that Washington's reasons for the system weren't plausible. Even such problem states like North Korea would not be able to build any missile in a foreseeable time necessitating such a defensive measure, the President opined.

Vladimir Putin also stated his doubts about the United States' willingness to really go ahead with disarmament. He said that Russia was strictly adhering to the agreement to destroy thousands of strategic nuclear weapons until the end of 2012. He also said, he hoped the partner was acting in an equally transparent manner and would not keep a few hundred warheads for "bad times".

The Munich Conference on Security Policy, founded in 1962, is an international forum composed of more than 250 leading politicians, diplomats, military officials, members of the business community, academics and public figures from more than 40 countries. It has become an annual opportunity for world leaders to discuss the most pressing issues of the day.

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