Vladimir Putin: We’re gaining support in Europe

Visiting Abkhazia, Vladimir Putin says more and more people in the West are coming around to Russia’s point of view on last summer’s war with Georgia: Mr. Putin said world opinion has turned in Russia’s favor since last year, and that “practically all of international society” has acknowledged that Georgia was the aggressor in the ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.

Visiting Abkhazia, Vladimir Putin says more and more people in the West are coming around to Russia's point of view on last summer's war with Georgia:

Visiting Abkhazia, Vladimir Putin says more and more people in the West are coming around to Russia’s point of view on last summer’s war with Georgia:

Mr. Putin said world opinion has turned in Russia’s favor since last year, and that “practically all of international society” has acknowledged that Georgia was the aggressor in the conflict.

“In the West, what is called the West, we have plenty of supporters,” he said, in remarks to Abkhaz journalists. “They are all under a certain pressure from NATO’s leading country, the United States. And, to put it bluntly, many of them don’t publicly state their positions, because they would then diverge from the U.S. position.”

The E.U.’s report on the war’s origins comes out in September. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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