Putin's smackdowns continue
During a joint news conference Saturday in St. Petersburg, Bush said he raised concerns about democracy in Russia during a frank discussion with the Russian leader.
"I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world, like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and I told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia would do the same," Bush said.
Snap. It must be nice to have a smart leader. (The White House transcript adds "(Laughter.)" after the comment.)I'm going to leave aside the obvious "looked into his soul" snark and point out that the US blocking Russia's entry into the WTO does not point to a warming relationship.
(Maybe it has something to do with this: "Russia's World Trade Organization bid hinges on a gas trade pact with the United States that both sides want to reach before this weekend's Group of 8 summit. The deal would also have ramifications for at least two U.S. oil companies....")