(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sees last week’s bombings in Boston as an opportunity to forge closer ties with the U.S., at least in the area of fighting terrorism.
Appearing on national TV Thursday for a call-in show, Putin didn’t seem to start off as wanting to mend fences with Washington and the West, criticizing past insinuations that Russia’s problems with the Chechens were not terrorism but actually, an internal struggle with rebels.
In fact, Putin went on to allege that the West offered its assistance to its enemies, either directly or indirectly.
However, the prime minister appeared willing to forget past slights, saying that Moscow and Washington should disregard the semantics of describing terrorists and “get down to business, cooperating closer to one another.”
He then added, “I am simply calling for this tragedy to push us toward each other in averting common threats, one of the most important of which is terrorism. If we really work to unite our efforts, we won’t miss these strikes and sustain such losses.”
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