Putin slams 'arrogant world powers' at China meeting - The National
Nov 8, 2011
MOSCOW // The Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, lashed out yesterday at "arrogant world powers" as he hosted his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao, for a regional security summit Moscow bills as a counterpart to Nato.
Mr Putin, Russia's likely new head of state after next year's presidential elections, accused western nations of hypocrisy for backing revolutions in North African countries that previously enjoyed their strong support.
"It really is just like you said -these are arrogant world powers," Mr Putin said in response to remarks from the Iranian foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, made during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Saint Petersburg.
"They also supported the old North African regimes," news agencies quoted Mr Putin as saying, in a clear reference to European powers and the United States.
"But what is interesting, they also supported the North African revolutions as well, the ones that overthrew the old regimes," Mr Putin added.