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Kremlin threatens to release Putin call with EU head

"If that was really done, it looks not worthy of a serious political figure," Putin's foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov said. "Irrespective of whether these words were pronounced or not, this quote was taken out of context and had a very different meaning."
By Aileen Graef   |   Sept. 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

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MOSCOW, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Kremlin is threatening to release the recording of a call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso after accusing Barroso of taking Putin's words out of context.

Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's ambassador to the European Union, said the country will release the contents of the call unless Barroso objects within two days. This comes after Putin's foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov accused the EU president of breaching diplomatic confidentiality and taking his words out of context.

The alleged statement was made during a conversation between Putin and Barroso regarding the conflict in Ukraine. They were specifically discussing the accusation that Russia sent military units in Ukraine to purposely escalate the crisis. Barroso then relayed the conversation to his colleagues at a summit of the European Union.

"If that was really done, it looks not worthy of a serious political figure," Ushakov said. "Irrespective of whether these words were pronounced or not, this quote was taken out of context and had a very different meaning."

"If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks," said Putin on the call, according to a story in Italy's La Repubblica newspaper. The implication is that Putin's threat to take Kiev would be in response to increased European sanctions.

NATO is reporting at least 1,000 Russian troops have entered in Ukraine.

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