Sunday, July 16, 2006

Chilly Summer Summit

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia Jul 15, 2006 (AP)- In a chilly summit prelude, President Bush blocked Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization on Saturday and President Vladimir Putin mockingly said Moscow doesn't want the kind of violence-plagued democracy the United States has fostered in Iraq

"I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and I told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia would do the same thing." (Bush about Putin)


"We certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, I will tell you quite honestly." (Putin about Bush.)


Putin also said Russia would not take part "in any crusades, in any holy alliances" - a remark seemingly intended to win points with Arab allies. Bush's national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, said he was perplexed by the comment.


Source: AP

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