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Cheney’s Sharp Criticism Miffs Russia

Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday accused Russia of cracking down on religious and political rights and using its energy reserves as “tools of intimidation or blackmail.” It was a hard slap at Vladimir Putin as the United States seeks Russia’s cooperation in punishing Iran. Cheney’s criticism — some of the administration’s toughest language about Russia — came just two months before President Bush joins Putin in St. Petersburg for a summit of major industrial powers. Cheney warned that Russia’s backsliding could harm Moscow’s relations with the United States and Europe. Full Story

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