Monday, November 26, 2007

US meddling in Russian elections, Putin claims

Guardian Unlimited

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, today accused the US of deliberately seeking to destabilise the country's forthcoming elections.

Speaking to reporters, Putin claimed he had evidence suggesting Washington was indirectly attempting to meddle in the parliamentary vote next week.

The president said the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe had been urged by the US not to send observers to monitor the process.

The result, he said, would be to cast doubt over the legitimacy of the Russian election, on December 2.

"According to the information we have, once again this was done at the advice of the US state department," Russian news agencies reported Putin as saying.
"We will take this into account in our relations with that country," he added. ....

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