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Ekho Moskvy Editor Surprised By Putin's Criticism, But Accepts It
Interfax - 1.19.12 - JRL 2012-10

MOSCOW. Jan 19 (Interfax) - Ekho Moskvy radio Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov has described as "unexpected" Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's critical remarks about the radio station's work.

"Surprisingly, the prime minister switched to criticism regarding the radio station. But if I criticize him, why can't he criticize me?" Venediktov said on Ekho Moskvy in comments on Putin's meeting with top media executives on Wednesday.

Venediktov said Putin looked interested in honest elections. "I had the impression that he needs elections that would be accepted as legitimate by all Russian citizens. The way to this goal runs through procedures and dialogue," Venediktov said.

"Anyway, Putin is prepared for a dialogue with the non-political part of the opposition - the Voters League," he said.

Putin told Venediktov during the meeting with top media executives on Wednesday that he does not keep grudges against criticism, sometimes unfair, which can be heard on Ekho Moskvy radio regarding the Russian leadership. "I take it easy when you keep slinging mud on me round-the-clock," Putin said.

As an example of unfair criticism Putin cited a discussion of the U.S. missile shield, aired by Ekho Moskvy.

"What crap! I just can't make out where they take this crap from!" Putin told Venediktov.

Putin assailed the speakers' claims that it is not important at which distance from the Russian border the radars of the U.S. missile shield are located. "Not important? How come? It's a crucial issue which is more than important!" Putin said.

He also disagreed with the assertion that the U.S has been proposing a discussion to Russia, but Russia has been rejecting it. "In fact, it's we who are proposing and they who are refusing to accept. They won't even let in their nearest allies in NATO, the Europeans," Putin said.

This sort of media coverage looks like servicing the interests of one state to the injury of another. "Look, the information they release is an instance of servicing the foreign-policy interests of one state to the injury of another, of Russia!" Putin said.

A situation like this would have been impossible in the United States, the prime minister said.

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MOSCOW. Jan 19 (Interfax) - Ekho Moskvy radio Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov has described as "unexpected" Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's critical remarks about the radio station's work.

"Surprisingly, the prime minister switched to criticism regarding the radio station. But if I criticize him, why can't he criticize me?" Venediktov said on Ekho Moskvy in comments on Putin's meeting with top media executives on Wednesday.

Venediktov said Putin looked interested in honest elections. "I had the impression that he needs elections that would be accepted as legitimate by all Russian citizens. The way to this goal runs through procedures and dialogue," Venediktov said.

"Anyway, Putin is prepared for a dialogue with the non-political part of the opposition - the Voters League," he said.

Putin told Venediktov during the meeting with top media executives on Wednesday that he does not keep grudges against criticism, sometimes unfair, which can be heard on Ekho Moskvy radio regarding the Russian leadership. "I take it easy when you keep slinging mud on me round-the-clock," Putin said.

As an example of unfair criticism Putin cited a discussion of the U.S. missile shield, aired by Ekho Moskvy.

"What crap! I just can't make out where they take this crap from!" Putin told Venediktov.

Putin assailed the speakers' claims that it is not important at which distance from the Russian border the radars of the U.S. missile shield are located. "Not important? How come? It's a crucial issue which is more than important!" Putin said.

He also disagreed with the assertion that the U.S has been proposing a discussion to Russia, but Russia has been rejecting it. "In fact, it's we who are proposing and they who are refusing to accept. They won't even let in their nearest allies in NATO, the Europeans," Putin said.

This sort of media coverage looks like servicing the interests of one state to the injury of another. "Look, the information they release is an instance of servicing the foreign-policy interests of one state to the injury of another, of Russia!" Putin said.

A situation like this would have been impossible in the United States, the prime minister said.