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Putin slams 'double standards' over Libya

AFP/The Local · 27 Apr 2011, 16:06

Published: 27 Apr 2011 16:06 GMT+02:00

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"Sometimes I look at the way that today they often take the decision to use

force in international relations. I am stupefied," Putin said at a news conference in Stockholm alongside Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

"And all that while boasting about the human rights and humanism practised

in our modern society. Don't you think that there is a big contradiction between the speeches, the words, and the practice of international relations?" he said.

"We must do everything to eliminate this imbalance," he said.

Putin explained his stance was based on what he learned during his time as a Soviet-era KGB intelligence officer.

"One of my friends in Afghanistan headed a KGB group," he told reporters.

"One day, he came home for a holiday and I asked 'so Sasha, how is it over there?'," Putin continued, pointing out that at the time, the attitude was "very patriotic, we thought we did good by fighting the war in Afghanistan."

"And he said, 'you know, not one bombing takes place without my signature. And I measure my success by the number of bombings I haven't signed off on' ... And then he added 'Do you know how many civilians die in those bombings?'," Putin recalled.

That conversation, "for me, was a shock. Just think, at the time, hearing that from a KGB officer!" he concluded.

Moscow has increasingly criticised the international coalition for the air strikes on Libya in the past few weeks, insisting they have gone beyond the UN mandate.

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Russia, a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, abstained from voting on Resolution 1973 in March, allowing it to pass and making possible the onset of the aerial bombing campaign.

The resolution does not allow for intervention on land.

Sweden, which is not a member of NATO, pledged eight fighter jets and a transport plane to the mission, which enjoys broad popular support in the Scandinavian country, but its planes are only used for surveillance and do not take part in ground strikes.

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17:02 April 27, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Notice the booger under Puty's collar?
17:45 April 27, 2011 by planet.sweden
Putin is preposterous. Of all the reasons he doesn't want the West backing the Libyan rebels, protecting civilian lives is not one of them.

Putin opposes strikes because he fears Western influence (which he holds a KGB officers dread of) may spread, he opposes strikes because tyrannical regimes are more susceptible to arms for oil and other murky deals with Russia, and he opposes strikes because he fears the West's support for anti tyranny rebels may be noticed by his own people, who may similarly decide they want an end to Putin's tyranny.

The rest of his speech is just crap. Russia never held back in Afghanistan to protect civilian lives. They entered Afghanistan as a force of invasion to reinstate an unpopular communist regime and slaughtered all before them until they themselves were slaughtered.

Oh and the final paragraph of the article is pitiful. Cringing in submission before Russia, Sweden begs to point out that although it has sent fighter planes to Libya they're not actually doing anything there. They hardly need to point out to Russia that Sweden's record of standing up and being counted is woeful. They know that, as does America.
17:50 April 27, 2011 by jmclewis
I seldom agree with Putin, but he is correct on this matter!
18:04 April 27, 2011 by LeoKinmann
Putin is right. The banner may change the the methods remain the same. In the modern world of politics, only the naive believes in ever-lasting ideology or ever-lasting allies. There was, is and will always be one thing that lasts: profit.
18:20 April 27, 2011 by Finnish guy
I don't particularly like Russia, but I think that Putin is at least partly right. Western forces aren't obeying the UN Security Council decision which might make it more difficult to make similar UN Security Council decisions in the future as Russia would would suspect that western countries would overstep the rules also in the future. And it would be good idea to have negotiations in order to stop this violence as quickly as possible instead of trying to solve it with only arms.
21:53 April 27, 2011 by HYBRED
I have a hard time with "Putin" and ' international relations' in the same sentence.

" Don't you think that there is a big contradiction between the speeches, the words, and the practice of international relations?" he said."

Well Putin, you should know. You just discribed yourself.
22:43 April 27, 2011 by Vitas
100% Putin is right! Of course for some people is hard time listen truth. United States and banda european countries already had brought peace to Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Dont be stupid - just open eyes.
23:00 April 27, 2011 by Gregory Allen Leeds
Putins insane jabbering that Russia slaughter of unarmed Afghan civilians can be put in a patriotic light and KGB(disbanded in disgrace in 1991 because of their role in the coup against Gorbechav)behavior was anything other then sociopathic towards the Afghans is complete fabrication. He and the rest of the former KGB cabel should have stood trial for countless atocities comitted own their own, and other people. Soviet commumnism was based on the re-engineering of the human mind. His ability to denude himself at cost to humamity the former Soviet Union took on this world belies the underlying truth: communism killed more human beings then any other system of human bondage. There wouldn't be an "Iron Curtin" to enslave their own people so despots like himself can enrich their cronies at the expence of the state. Just have himself comitt to an INTERPOL investigation of the moscow bombings in 1999, then make his relationship with FARC completly transperent through his working group. ask how he thinks he can get away with skimming profits off the libyian oil contracts with his associate, the Italian Prime Minister. End the facade of the Russian espionage colony at the UN who sabotaged the Iraqi"oil for food" program and give full diclosure of former KGB ties to police, firefighter and other trade unions and their influnce on elected officials in this nation, the United States. Don't be Neculturny Putin. petro-caribe was your downfall, with Chavez. Dasfidania.
23:19 April 27, 2011 by jack sprat
Pots and kettles comes to mind,especially bearing in mind he didn't even care a toss about killing off his own people.

Putin is a very nasty piece of work using every dirty trick in the book to try and get some politcal advantage.

He's little better than another Stalin in disguise and it amazes me that he fools anyone.
23:39 April 27, 2011 by 15U
Putin is right.
00:13 April 28, 2011 by Vitas
We see now - so many people so sick from american propaganda. It is funny - cold war is like finished but this people live in 1980-s.
00:22 April 28, 2011 by eddie123
this is all about Libya's oil and nothing else.
03:53 April 28, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
Putin's comment is rather convoluted but I read it as:

"You can't save civilian lives by aerial strikes - we Russians know this from experience. If NATO wants to save civilian lives it will have to stop the air strikes"

He is right.

The problem is that for some reason beyond me NATO is trying to establish an Islamic Fundamentalist State in Libya where the majority of folks don't want one (as opposed to Egypt where they are quite happy with their new Sharia State and plan on attacking Israel - and getting the snot kicked out of them again - as soon as possible).
08:47 April 28, 2011 by McAbe
Well Putin is right on at least 2 points:

* The coalition has severely overstepped the UN resolution 1973 mandate.

* Western powers are practicing double standards when they preach of human rights and at the same time use violence to attack sovereign nations time after time.

It is sad to see that we here in the western world have become worse than dictatorships like China. We must stand up and demand an end to these blatant wars of aggression.

Support the soldiers. Bring 'em home!
09:22 April 28, 2011 by bjinger
to planet.sweden

Quots:"Putin opposes strikes because he fears Western influence (which he holds a KGB officers dread of) may spread, he opposes strikes because tyrannical regimes are more susceptible to arms for oil and other murky deals with Russia."

It's sad you say so. It seems that both Russia and thw West are ill-willed in Lybia. So what's your point? We see more problems created by the Western powers in the world, including the killings in the two world wars.
19:46 April 28, 2011 by Njal
Western powers are controlled by elites without the best interests of those that they rule in mind, Libya will be another disaster.

The system is broken
18:46 April 29, 2011 by Spicetrader
Whether Mr. Putin speaks sincerely or not, I agree with his assertion that military forces should respect civilian lives. I should like to see the day when the military will fastidiously count and register all civilian deaths that occur during military operations.
23:14 April 30, 2011 by Incognito007
Putin should be tried by international court for acts of terror in 1999 when residential buildings were bombed in Russia by FSB (former KGB) and on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in Chechnya, where russsian barbarian army slaughtered over quarter of civilian population and still terrorizing people systematically committing crimes against humanity by abductions, tortures and extrajudicial executions anyone they suspect of having relations to local freedom fighters.

Putin shouldn't be welcomed by civilized countries respecting basic human rights.

Russian is the deadliest threat to security of civilized European countries: Economical - it controls gas supply to Europe and military - the government is taken by group of criminals passing presidency to each other so no one can be brought to justice.

Russia invaded Georgia and shed blood of civilians to block any efforts of supply of cheap gas from Turkmenistan to Europe as income from gas and oil make up more than 80% of their budget.

Russia is the world leader for murders of human rights activists, free reporters and lawyers exposing its acts of genocide and crimes against humanity in Chechnya...
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