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From CNN's Matthew Chance
SOCHI, Russia (CNN) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict in Georgia to benefit one of its presidential election candidates.
In an exclusive interview with CNN's Matthew Chance in the Black Sea city of Sochi Thursday, Putin said the U.S. had encouraged Georgia to attack the autonomous region of South Ossetia.
Putin told CNN his defense officials had told him it was done to benefit a presidential candidate -- Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are competing to succeed George W. Bush -- although he presented no evidence to back it up.
"U.S. citizens were indeed in the area in conflict," Putin said. "They were acting in implementing those orders doing as they were ordered, and the only one who can give such orders is their leader." Watch Putin accuse the United States »
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino blasted Putin's statements, saying they were "patently false."
"To suggest that the United States orchestrated this on behalf of a political candidate just sounds not rational," she said.
U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Robert Wood concurred, and labeled Putin's statements as "ludicrous."
"Russia is responsible for the crisis," Wood said in an off-camera meeting with reporters in Washington on Thursday. "For the Russians to say they are not responsible for what happened in Georgia is ludicrous. ... Russia is to blame for this crisis and the world is responding to what Russia has done."
When told that many diplomats in the United States and Europe blame Russia for provoking the conflict and for invading Georgia, Putin said Russia had no choice but to invade Georgia after dozens of its peacekeepers in South Ossetia were killed. He told Chance it was to avert a human calamity. iReport.com: First-person accounts from the center of the conflict
The former Russian president, still considered the most powerful man in the country, said he was disappointed the U.S. had not done more to stop Georgia's attack.
Putin recalled he was watching the situation in Georgia and South Ossetia unfold when he was at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on August 8.
He said he spoke to U.S. President George W. Bush, also attending, who told the Russian prime minister he didn't want war -- but Putin spoke to CNN of his disappointment that the U.S. administration didn't do more to stop Georgia early in the conflict.
Also Thursday Putin announced economic measures which he said were unrelated to the fighting with Georgia. Nineteen U.S. poultry meat companies would be banned from exporting their products to Russia because they had failed health and safety tests, and 29 other companies had been warned to improve their standards or face the same ban, Putin said.
Putin said Russia's health and agricultural ministries had randomly tested the poultry products and found them to be full of antibiotics and arsenic.
While Putin repeated that the bans were not related to the Georgian conflict, they indicate the measures some Western countries -- particularly in Europe -- fear if Russia goes on a diplomatic offensive. Watch analysis of Russia's relationship with the West. »
Russia is trying to counterbalance mounting pressure from the West over its military action in Georgia and its recognition of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
But Russia's hopes of winning international support for its actions in Georgia were dashed Thursday, when China and other Asian nations expressed concern about tension in the region.
The joint declaration from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which includes China, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, said the countries hoped any further conflict could be resolved peacefully. Watch more on rising tensions between Russia and the West. »
"The presidents reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of respect for historic and cultural traditions of every country and efforts aimed at preserving the unity of a state and its territorial integrity," the declaration said, The Associated Press reported.
"Placing the emphasis exclusively on the use of force has no prospects and hinders a comprehensive settlement of local conflicts," AP reported the group as saying.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had appealed to the SCO at a summit in Tajikistan Thursday to support its actions, saying it would serve as a "serious signal for those who are trying to justify the aggression."Watch Medvedev explain his reasoning to CNN »
On Wednesday a U.S. ship carrying aid docked in Georgia, while Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband traveled to the Ukraine, which is worried about Russia's intentions in the region, to offer the UK's support.
Miliband equated Moscow's offensive in Georgia with the Soviet tanks that invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Spring democratic reforms in 1968, and demanded
- FishlessLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Lots of brainwashed trained sheep here.
Russian was not the aggressor.
Georgia attacked South Ossetia FIRST, and bombed their capital city for 1 week killed over 1,000 civilians...western media was completely silence. Then when Russia counter attacked to protect South Ossetia, all the western media barked like pathetic dogs.
Now all the trained sheep are saying "Russia attacked Georgia". While they completely ignored the fact the major combat zone was at the capital of South Ossetia. So how did Georgia troops get there(capital of South Ossetia) if Russians invaded Georgia? (South Ossetia had separated themselves from Georgia and had their own troops since 1992).
The U.S. and NATO is the aggressor who try to surround Russia with military bases. This war is definitely approved by the U.S. or Georgia wouldn't have the guts to start it with knowing Russia would most definitely respond with military force as well. Or rather, Georgia is nothing but a tool...a single step of many... of the U.S. on its course of a new world order.
Western media = propaganda tool for training brainwashed sheep. To justify all the illegal wars and made the real invaders look like heroes, while making the ones who defend their homes look like terrorists.
I am not even a Russian, and I am so angry about this.
- curious21Lv 51 decade ago
Here is what I have read from your statement. "SOCHI, Russia (CNN) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict in Georgia to benefit one of its presidential election candidates". This is all I need to read to explain it. Russia is playing the same game we do, they deter reality into what they want to be perceived. But in all fairness, if you do the research (and for the love of God, get the info from somewhere besides the biased tv) you will come to realize that the problem the U.S. has with Russia is that it showed/used to much military power. Do you notice they (U.S media/government) accuse Russia of being aggressors, but they do not say (on tv) that Russia has created the trouble. The reality is Russia's attack was a response, Russia was not the instigator.
- LocketLv 61 decade ago
Yes, blame the US for everything, including Russia's assault on Georgia.
Wonder if Prez Bush still sees only friendship in Putin's eyes?
- ryoshi100Lv 61 decade ago
I think that while we should not have egged on Georgia, that does not give Russia a good excuse to do what they are doing. 2 wrongs do not make a right and they should know better than that.
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- Anonymous4 years ago
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- Kellie DLv 61 decade ago
I'd love to comprehend his thinking on this one. He attacks Georgia yet it is the US orchestrating him doing so... makes alot of sense...What a nutjob.