Ahead of the Russia-US summit next month, Russian President Vladimir Putin
trashed American and EU accusations of Russia’s “neo-imperial ambitions” and
“energy blackmail” and warned of American diktat in international relations.
Demanding a review of bilateral relations, Putin said that Russia “will not
join any ultimatums” on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program, which he said
will “push the situation into a dead end and strike a blow against the
authority of the U.N. Security Council.” He called for “dialogue and not
isolation” that could lead to the “resolution of crises.” Putin accused the US
of “hyper-exaggerated reliance on force in international relations” as reasons
why nations desire “to acquire weapons of mass destruction.”
Russia-US relations have plummeted rapidly in recent weeks with the kidnap and
killing of 5 Russian diplomats in Iraq.