PUTIN SEEKS TO PLAY CANADA AGAINST THE U.S. President
Vladimir Putin said on 19 December that his talks with
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien had shown that
Ottawa shares "the Russian goal of preserving and
strengthening the ABM treaty and its concern about
efforts to change it, ITAR-TASS reporte don 19
December. He thus appears to believe that he can
enlist Canada into an international coalition against
Washington's plans to modify the ABM and deploy NMD.
"Izvestiya" commented that Canada may be sympathetic
to Moscow's position on these issues but that "it is
too close to the United States politically and
economically to confront it."
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