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'Putin Didn't Liken U.S. to Third Reich'

President Vladimir Putin did not intend to compare the United States to Nazi Germany in his Victory Day speech, Interfax reported Friday.

In his speech during the Red Square parade Wednesday, Putin said: "The number of threats is not decreasing. They are only transforming and changing the guise. As during the Third Reich era, these new threats show the same disdain for human life, on the same claims for global pre-eminence and dictate."

Some commentators suggested that Putin was likening U.S. politics to those of the Third Reich.

Interfax said the Foreign Ministry had assured the U.S. Embassy that Putin's speech contained no intentional comparison between them.

"President Putin did not directly refer to the United States, despite some commentators' interpretation of his words," a U.S. Embassy source told Interfax.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy and the Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the issue Friday.

(The Moscow Times 14.v.07)

 
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