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A Striking Contrast

Some quotes from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin: “It’s their brains, not our constitution, which need to be changed. What they are offering to us is a clear remnant of colonial thinking.” (July 24, 2007 speech before the Nashi youth group organization) “As far as the three Baltic states are concerned, they still appear as the earlier version of the Treaty [Conventional Forces Treaty] designated them, that is, as the Baltic Military District. Perhaps I should appoint one of you district commander?” (From July 25, 2007 speech before Senior Officers from the Armed Forces and Security Services)