Prime Minister Paul Martin is expected to sign with Vladimir Putin a joint statement condemning terror even as the Russian president’s related tactics are under international attack.Martin arrived in Moscow on Monday as part of a six-day European tour that will also take him to France and Hungary. He meets Tuesday with Putin, who has been assailed for using terrorist threats as an excuse to crack down on free speech while beefing up security forces. There are also reports of arbitrary arrest. Some critics worry that Putin is leading Russia back down an authoritarian path. Martin isn’t willing to go that far. But he says global leaders should recognize Putin’s dilemma while also keeping close watch. “The international community must raise these issues and make it clear that we’ll follow them,” Martin said after discussing the delicate matter with Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov at the Russian White House. Full Story
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