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Medvedev lashes out at US hegemony
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 05:24:51 GMT
Russia's President has slammed America's global dominance saying all nations have the right to remark on the policies of a state whose actions affect the world. Speaking at the opening of a global security conference in the central Russian city of Yaroslavl on Monday, Dmitry Medvedev said those problems of one country, have the potential to lead to international conflict. "This happens immediately and incompetence and reluctance to solve one's own problems inflict damage not only to your country but to a huge number of other countries," he added. The Russian president also lashed out at what he thought the "ill-thought-out" policies of a country that led to the global financial melt down. Medvedev did not refer to the United States by name but the target of his comments was clear. His remarks came shortly before the US President Barack Obama delivered a key speech in New York, where he described the global economic crisis as Washington and Wall Street's "collective failure". Earlier in March the Kremlin had suggested that the international community should have a say when the world's richest countries make decisions with global implications. Medvedev's comments further developed those ideas, attacking efforts by any party to advance what he called "utopian projects of global supremacy … 'Global Caliphate' or 'Benevolent Hegemony'". There can be no "high-flown justification for military adventures, suppression of rights and freedoms -- of any illegal activities," he stressed. The Russian leader also took aim at US criticism of Russia's domestic political situation, insisting that Russia was committed to democracy but would not necessarily pursue it in ways prescribed by other states. Medvedev and Obama are both to attend a G20 summit to be held later this month in the US city of Pittsburgh, where the Russian leader is to continue to push for a sweeping overhaul of world financial regulations. The Yaroslavl conference was attended by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and French counterpart Francois Fillon. FF/DT
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