Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses the U.S. of making the world a more dangerous place by imposing a ''unilateral diktat'' in international diplomacy. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses the United States of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING (STARTS OVER SHOT OF MAN LISTENING AND CONTINUES ON WIDE OF HIM SPEAKING): "Maybe the exceptionalism of the United States, that is, the way they implement their leadership, is it really beneficial to everybody? And their constant interference in all the world's affairs brings peace, well-being, progress, democracy? And we should just relax and enjoy? I will allow myself to say it is not this way. It is not at all this way. The unilateral diktat and the imposing of schemes have exactly the opposite effect." He says Russia has no intention of endangering the sovereignty of its neighbors. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PRESIDENT OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "We do not intend to make any blocs, get involved in the exchange of blows. Statements that Russia is trying to reinstate some sort of empire, that it is encroaching on the sovereignty of its neighbors, are groundless. Russia does not require a special exclusive place in the world, I want to underline it. Respecting the interests of others, we simply want our interests to be taken into account as well, and our position respected as well." Putin has stepped up anti-Western rhetoric recently, giving a boost to his popularity at home.