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Putin Demands U.S. Withdrawal from IraqTim King Salem-News.com
Putin also suggested that Russia is building another nuclear submarine and a "completely new" atomic weapon.
(MOSCOW, Russia) - Tensions between the United States and Russia appear to be souring by the day, and now Russian President Vladimir Putin says the American presence in Iraq needs to end, now.
Bush's sometimes friend who he claims to speak very frankly with, seems to have reached the end of the line in his support of U.S. policy in Iraq and over the administration's stance toward Iran.
Tensions have continued to rise in spite of what initially appeared to be good relations between the two world powers. But when Putin took to the national airwaves in Russia, addressing common citizens, Putin called the war in Iraq a "dead end," calling on Washington to set a deadline for the removal of all troops.
The Soviet war in Afghanistan during the 1980's has ofgten been called "Russia's Vietnam." Now it appears that the United States is fighting "Russia's Afghanistan" which ended in a defeat of Russian forces and complete pullout.
Putin says Iraq was invaded by the United States because of its oil wealth. Putin told people there during the telecast that they will not suffer the same fate.
The comments from Putin were quickly answered by the White House, which insists progress in Iraq is being made.
But Iraq is not the only thing this off and on ally of Bush criticized; saying that Washington's hard line position on Iran's nuclear power programme, saying Moscow's insistence on negotiations was better than "threats, sanctions or even force."
Putin also suggested that Russia is building another nuclear submarine and a "completely new" atomic weapon. It seems the cold war could be headed toward a complete revival over rogue U.S. policy on war that has left parts of the world in shambles.
Putin also met with Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to discuss the Irania nuclear program that is backed by Russia. Putin's historic visit to Tehran this week marks the first visit of a major world power leader to the country since the 1940's.
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