May 7 2010
Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, refuses to let Joe Biden attend Red Square for parade of allied and Russian troops celebrating the end of World War II.
[Welsh guards in Red Square during a dress rehearsal on Thursday for Sunday’s parade when US, French and Polish troops will parade with Russian troops to celebrate 60 years since the ends of the second world war]
Vladimir Putin has snubbed both the Prince of Wales and the US vice-president, Joe Biden, by refusing to allow them to attend a parade in Red Square marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War the Guardian has learned.
Putin, Russia’s prime minister, snubbed Biden, who had planned to go to Moscow and has been left kicking his heels in Brussels. Biden is close to Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s president. During the 2008 Russian-Georgia war Putin famously threatened Saakashvili, pledging to “hang him by the balls”.
The White House is privately furious at the snub. Barack Obama told Russia’s president, Dmitry Medvedev, he was unable to attend but had confidently offered Biden as his replacement. Moscow’s diplomatic corps has been abuzz all week with news of Putin’s unexpected veto.
For the first time, troops from Britain, France and the US – the Soviet Union’s wartime allies – are taking part in the victory parade, marching alongside 10,500 Russian soldiers. More than 25 foreign leaders will attend, including France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel.
But there will be no senior American or British figure. Both the UK and US will be represented by their respective ambassadors, Dame Anne Pringle and John Beyrle. UK GUARDIAN
MOSCOW (SR) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned the Obama administration against adopting further socialism, saying Russian history clearly proves it is a recipe for failure.
“Any fourth grade history student knows socialism has failed in every country, at every time in history,” said Putin. “President Obama and his fellow Democrats are either idiots or deliberately trying to destroy their own economy.”
Economists say Putin’s comments serve to illustrate how worldwide markets have made even economic adversaries dependent on each other’s financial stability. An Obama spokesman dismissed Putin’s claim, saying, “We’re going to do socialism better.” LINK