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US Lawmaker Calls Putin KGB ‘Apparatchik’
Posted By admin On June 26, 2013 @ 5:03 am In World News | Comments Disabled
RIA Novosti 
June 26, 2013
US lawmaker and former presidential candidate John McCain on Tuesday called Russian President Vladimir Putin a KGB “apparatchik” and suggested Moscow is deliberately impeding the United States’ attempts to detain fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden .
“We’ve got to start dealing with Vladimir Putin in a realistic fashion for what he is,” McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona, said in an interview with CNN . “He’s an old KGB Colonel apparatchik that dreams of the days of the Russian Empire, and he continues to stick his thumb in our eye in a broad variety of ways.”
McCain dismissed an assertion by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday  that Snowden, who leaked details of a US surveillance program to newspapers in the US and UK earlier this month, was not in Russia following his reported flight to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport from Hong Kong on Sunday.
A consistently vocal Putin critic, McCain said Russia’s handling of the Snowden affair would negatively impact bilateral relations between the two countries.
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URLs in this post:
 RIA Novosti: http://en.rian.ru/world/20130625/181867683/US-Lawmaker-Calls-Putin-KGB-Apparatchik.html
 Edward Snowden: http://en.beta.rian.ru/trend/US_secret_surveillance_programs_disclosure_2013/
 said in an interview with CNN: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/25/mccain-time-to-get-tough-with-putin/?hpt=hp_t2
 an assertion by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday: http://rianovosti.com/russia/20130625/181861761/Snowden-Didnt-Cross-Russian-Border---Foreign-Minister.html
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