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Monday, May 09, 2005


Bush: Russia needs democratic neighbours

From The Sunday Times:

PRESIDENT George W Bush praised the spread of democracy among Russia’s neighbours yesterday, heightening tensions with the Kremlin ahead of VE Day celebrations in Moscow tomorrow.
“I will continue to speak as clearly as I can to President (Vladimir) Putin that it is in his country’s interest that there be democracies on his borders,” Bush said during a visit to the former Soviet republic of Latvia.

“Democracies are peaceful countries. Democracies don’t fight each other. Democracies are good neighbours.”

In comments bound to irritate Putin, the American president described the post-war Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe as “one of the greatest wrongs of history”, which brought “communist oppression” to Latvia and its neighbours, Estonia and Lithuania.

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