July 4 mes­sage from Putin to Obama: Let’s have bet­ter ties

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

MOSCOW—Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said Mon­day in a July Fourth mes­sage to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama that he hopes ties be­tween the two coun­tries will get back on track.

Re­la­tions be­tween Moscow and Wash­ing­ton hit a post-Cold War low in 2014, when Rus­sia an­nexed Ukraine’s Crimean Penin­sula and threw its weight be­hind sep­a­ratists in eastern Ukraine. The Krem­lin, how­ever, has re­cently sought rap­proche­ment with the United States.

In the In­de­pen­dence Day mes­sage re­leased by the Krem­lin, Putin re­called the his­tory of Rus­sia-U.S. ties, say­ing that at one time the two coun­tries were able to solve “the most dif­fi­cult in­ter­na­tional prob­lems to the ben­e­fit of both our na­tions and all hu­mankind.” Putin ex­pressed hope that this ex­pe­ri­ence will help the two coun­tries get back to work­ing to­gether.

Else­where in Moscow, a youth wing of the rul­ing United Rus­sia party staged an im­promptu ex­hibit on a cen­tral square to con­demn U.S. mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in other coun­tries. The Young Guard ac­tivists put up easels with the por­traits and quotes of for­mer world lead­ers that the ac­tivists claim were top­pled by the United States, like Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych or Libyan Pres­i­dent Moam­mar Gad­hafi.

“Un­der its cur­rent lead­er­ship, the United States has be­come a par­a­site state that at­tacks other coun­tries un­der any pre­text, vi­o­lat­ing their sovereignty, caus­ing rev­o­lu­tions, us­ing mil­i­tary force, killing civil­ians and their de­stroy­ing state­hood,” ac­tivist De­nis Davy­dov said. “We call on the United States on the In­de­pen­dence Day not only to pre­serve their own in­de­pen­dence but also re­spect the in­de­pen­dence of other coun­tries.”

Putin of­fi­cially is not a United Rus­sia mem­ber de­spite hav­ing can­vassed for the party in the past. Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev has been re­cently an­nounced as party leader for the up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary cam­paign.—AP

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