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Russia to continue developing relations with U.S.: Putin


09:05, December 16, 2011

MOSCOW, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Russia will continue to develop its relations with the United States despite differences between the two countries, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

"We want to develop relations with the United States and we will do that," Putin said in his annual televised call-in, adding that the "transformation" is taking place inside the U.S. itself.

The prime minister also urged Washington to make more efforts to achieve real consensus with its friends and allies.

"Sometimes I think that America does not need allies, it needs vassals," Putin said.

Taking note of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq, Putin accused the U.S. of imposing its political will on its allies and compelling its allies to join the operation in Iraq.

"Is that alliance? Is that mutual decision-making? Alliance means discussion, making a joint decision, outlining an agenda concerning common threats and ways to tackle them," Putin said, adding that Russia opposes a monopolar world.

Since U.S. President Barack Obama assumed office in 2009, Russia and the United States have "reset" relations that had plunged to a post cold-war low during the last days of the Bush administration.

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