Putin lays it on the line with EU leaders

  • 2006-06-07
  • By Victor Yasmann
RFE/RL PRAGUE - Russia has taken an increasingly tough stance in its dealings with the European Union of late, turning the tables on Brussels by criticizing the bloc's own policies on foreign policy, energy, privatization, and even human rights. Emboldened by its accession to the rotating chairmanship of the Council of Europe and to the presidency of the Group of Eight industrialized nations, Russia has taken advantage of its place at the podium. The most recent example came on June 2, when President Vladimir Putin met with the heads of some of the most influential media outlets in the coun...
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