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On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:33 PM, n3td3v <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Putin blames US for Georgia role
> Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the US of provoking
> the conflict in Georgia, possibly for domestic election purposes.
> Mr Putin told CNN US citizens were "in the area" during the conflict
> over South Ossetia and were "taking direct orders from their leaders".
> He said his defence officials had told him the provocation was to
> benefit one of the US presidential candidates.
> The White House dismissed the allegations as "not rational".
"The suspicion arises that someone in the United States especially created this conflict with the aim of making the situation more tense and creating a competitive advantage for one of the candidates fighting for the post of US president."
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino rejected the allegation.
"To suggest that the United States orchestrated this on behalf of a political candidate - it sounds not rational," she said.