Spoken like a guy who won't acknowledge his own country's history. MOSCOW (Reuters)-Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday denounced Britain for making insulting demands that betrayed colonial thinking, in comments likely to escalate a row over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
Britain and Russia have each expelled four diplomats in a spat over the murder and Moscow's refusal to extradite the chief suspect in the case.
"What they propose is an obvious vestige of colonial thinking," Putin was shown saying on Russian state television. Well, I'm sure Estonia, Poland and the rest of Mother Russia's neighbors will be glad to hear that Uncle Putin is now so opposed to colonial tendencies.