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Putin Attacks U.S. Even As “Time” Makes Him “Man of the Year”

December 20, 2007
By Dmitry Solovyov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of trying to undermine Russia to further its global dominance and said Washington had ignored Moscow‘s attempts to build a friendship.

In an interview with Time magazine, which named the Russian president its “Person of the Year” for 2007 on Wednesday, Putin said Washington had adopted its strategy of belittling Russia to try to influence the country’s domestic and foreign policy.
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“I believe … this is a single-minded attempt to create a certain image of Russia which allows (Washington) to influence our internal and external policy,” Putin said in the interview posted on the Kremlin‘s official site www.kremlin.ru.

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NEW YORK (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin was named Time magazine‘s “Person of the Year” on Wednesday for imposing stability that restored Russia as a world power.

The magazine recognized Putin’s “extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability,” said Richard Stengel, Time’s managing editor.

The magazine noted that “Person of the Year” is not an honor or endorsement but a recognition of leadership that shapes the world.

“He’s the new czar of Russia and he’s dangerous in the sense that he doesn’t care about civil liberties, he doesn’t care about free speech,” Stengel said.

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Sarkozy: U.S. can count on France

November 7, 2007

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) — America can “count on France” in its war on terror, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a joint session of the U.S. Congress Wednesday.Speaking before the members of House of Representatives and Senate, and other dignitaries in the House chambers in Washington, the French president said through a translator France will remain in Afghanistan “for as long as it takes” to preserve liberty and freedom.“Terrorism will not prevail for democracies are not entitled to be weak,” Sarkozy said. “We are not afraid of this new barbarism and because of that, America can count on France in its battle on terror.”

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 An Iran with nuclear weapons “is unacceptable to France,” he said, receiving one of 10 standing ovations. He called the Iranian people “a great people” who “deserve better” than the sanctions and isolation “to which their leaders condemn it.”

Sarkozy also urged Israel and Palestine to “do whatever it takes” to reach a peaceful accord. He said France wants security for Israel, but it also “will demand a state for the Palestinians.”