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Putin Says Cold War II Not Happening, Unless West Wants It To

As Russian bombers flew to Hugo Chavez's Venezuela yesterday, Vladimir Putin said it was the US, not Russia, that wants to resurrect Cold War tensions. He also accused US leaders of amplifying the conflict in Georgia to help Republican nominee John McCain.

Putin warned the West against starting a European arms race. The US has plans to install missile defense shields near the Russian border. Putin told reporters gathered at his retreat:

Today there are no ideological contradictions, there is no basis for a Cold War. There is no basis for mutual animosity. . . . Russia has no imperialist ambitions. There is no more Soviet threat but they are trying to resurrect it.

Putin defended Russia's aggressive response to Georgia's attempt to retake South Ossetia saying, "What did you expect us to do? Respond with a catapult? ... We punched the aggressor in the face."

Are you reassured or troubled by Putin's Cold War conversation?


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