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US acting like global empire, says Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the US feeling like a global superpower following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union "didn't do them much good" because they started feeling like a "global empire." Putin's comments came during an interview with RT on Tuesday.
"Any country seeks to pursue its national interests in the first place," said Putin. "And in this sense the United States is no exception. Their situation is only unique in that following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States found itself a single leader, a single hegemony in the world, for a certain duration of time. But actually that didn't serve them right, that didn't do them much good, in fact, because they started feeling like a global empire."
But, he added, the current administration of President Barack Obama has shown more openness to outreach than that of his immediate predecessor, George W. Bush.
"I know that the current US administration is very well aware of the fact that you cannot resolve most of today's global issues unilaterally," he said. "You cannot, but sometimes you feel like that very much."
US-Russian relations have become increasingly strained since Russia strongly opposed the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Russia has also regarded the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) into the old Eastern Bloc, which was formerly part of the Soviet Union, and US efforts to gain access to Central Asian oil and natural gas as a potentially hostile encroachment on Russia's sphere of influence.
The United States has recently drawn up a list of Russian citizens it considers human rights offenders, known as the Magnitsky List, which will ban anyone whose name appears on it from travelling to the country. On January 1 this year, a Russian law went into effect banning adoptions of Russian children by US couples, which came after reports of mistreatment by adoptive families in America. The two nations have also disagreed as to how to help stop ongoing fighting in Syria, which has claimed over 70,000 lives since 2011 according to the United Nations.
In 2009, both nations strongly supported United Nations sanctions against North Korea following that nation's underground test of a nuclear device, thought to be a weapon.