Utenriksminister Condoleezza Rice kom med svært direkte og åpen kritikk av president Vladimir Putins autoritære styre, en uke før hun skal besøke Moskva.
Rice undret seg over innblandingen i nabostatene, og hårsårheten over hva de gjør. Moskva liker ikke at USA har innflytelse i nabolandene. På seiersdagen 9. mai sammenlignet Putin situasjonen idag med utviklingen før annen verdenskrig. Det er ganske drøy kost.
Putin delivered oblique but pointed criticism at a Victory Day parade in Red Square of perceived U.S. domination in global affairs, warning the world faces threats like those before World War II.
Rice did not directly address Putin’s remarks but said Russia appeared unwilling to accept close U.S. ties with former Soviet states in eastern and central Europe where Moscow has strongly criticized Washington’s plans to deploy a missile defense system.
«The Russians, I think, do not accept fully that our relations with countries that are their neighbors, that were once part of the Soviet Union, are quite honestly good relations between independent states and the United States,» she said.
Den andre bolken gikk på kritikk av den interne utviklingen i Russland, som har vært en tilbakerulling av demokratiske reformer.
`It’s even more difficult when one looks at what is happening domestically in Russia where I think it’s fair to say that there has been a turning back of some of the reforms that led to the decentralization of power out of the Kremlin,» she said.
«I think everybody around the world, in Europe, in the United States, is very concerned about the internal course that Russia has taken in recent years,» Rice said.
She said «the concentration of power in the Kremlin has been troubling» especially since Russia is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections next year.