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 Putin to United States: We should not be spoken to in the language of ultimatums

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the US is trying to interfere in the internal political processes in Russia.

The Russian leader accused the U.S. government of "trying to impose on us their decisions and their standards without thinking how we consider our own interests," Censor.NET reports citing CBSNews.

He said Washington was "interfering with our internal political processes" by financing non-governmental organizations in Russia and practicing "interventionist" security measures on the world stage.

Putin pointed back to a quote by former U.S. President George W. Bush as symbolic of the U.S. mentality. Bush, at the onset of his U.S.-led "war on terrorism," declared to the leaders of the world, "you're either with us, or against us."

"That's not a dialogue, that's an ultimatum," said Putin to applause.

"We are in fact being told that the United States know better what we need. Let us define our own interests and our needs ourselves," Putin said. "We should not be spoken to in the language of ultimatums."

 
 
 
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