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Vladimir Putin accuses Clinton of inciting protests in Russia

Publié par Clifford Armion le 12/09/2011

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The Russian leader on Thursday accused Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of inciting protests against his country's troubled parliamentary elections, an unusual personal attack suggesting that one of the Obama administration's main foreign policy initiatives is unraveling.

Warning that Russia needs to crack down on "interference" by foreign governments, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin complained that Clinton had denounced Sunday's elections as fraudulent before she had reliable information. He said her criticism had mobilized his political opponents.

"She set the tone for some activists in our country and gave them a signal," Putin said in televised remarks. He added that the U.S. is seeking to influence Russian politics with the aim of weakening a rival nuclear power.

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"Vladimir Putin accuses Clinton of inciting protests in Russia", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2011. Consulté le 16/04/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/vladimir-putin-accuses-clinton-of-inciting-protests-in-russia