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Putin reveals NATO chief secretly recorded their talk, leaked it to media

Published time: April 17, 2014 12:57
Edited time: April 17, 2014 13:34
But do they trust each other? NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow, December 16, 2009 (Reuters / Alexey Nikolsky)

But do they trust each other? NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow, December 16, 2009 (Reuters / Alexey Nikolsky)

Vladimir Putin says that current NATO General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen secretly recorded and leaked a private conversation with him, when he was the head of the Danish government.

“During his time as Prime Minister he once requested an unscheduled meeting with me, and we met and talked. As it turned out, he had a voice recorder on him, and surreptitiously recorded our conversation, and leaked it to the press,” the Russian president recounted during his annual TV hotline.

“I couldn’t believe my ears and eyes – what nonsense!”

The Russian president didn’t specify when the meeting took place, but Rasmussen was his country’s Prime Minister between 2001 and 2009.

“He explained to me that he recorded the conversation for posterity. I am flattered, of course, but he should have warned me, or at least asked permission to make the content public,” continued Putin.

“How can you trust someone after an incident like that?”

Putin spoke about the leak when questioned on the relationship between Russia and NATO, frayed after a succession of contretemps, climaxing with the crisis in Ukraine.

“From interpersonal to official relations, there should be more transparency, stability, and partnership,” summed up the Russian leader.

Rasmussen’s current office in Brussels, which he has occupied for the past five years, produced a swift response.

NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu told RT in an emailed comment that “These accusations are complete nonsense. During his term in office as Danish Prime Minister, Mr Fogh Rasmussen never brought a dictaphone to record meetings with Mr Putin or anybody else.”

Comments (107)


martin 19.04.2014 11:57

English foreign Secretary Hague flies to Kiev a week after coup to give fascists credibility
Russ ia and Putin are the only hope for putting the west in its place
when Putin speaks he is logical and transparent
when Cameron or Obama speak they are dumb --hypocrites with double standards-- fascist politicians

the west never had a" moral compass"
or perhaps "thou shalt not kill/ steal" becomes thou shalt not get caught


martin 19.04.2014 11:56

the west dropped 2 nuclear bombs on Japan(starting the nuclear holocaust)
the west/ EU committed genocide against Jews in Germany -- which many fascists/ neo nazis today would applaud
genocide /ethnic cleansing of native Americans in USA
genocide against Irish in 1850
genocide against Australian native


Martin 18.04.2014 13:58

Putin is right:

Fogh did have a microphone on him during a private conversation with Putin in 2002 and part of a private conversation between Putin's and Fogh's about journalists was later released as part of a documentary "Fogh Behind the Facade".

None of them said anything unfortunate.

The director of the documentary "Fogh Behind the Facade" confirmed yesterday that he had placed a microphone on Fogh's clothes during a press conference i brussels in 2002 and that Fogh had this microphone on him while talking with Putin Privately after the pressconference.

Look up "Fogh/Putin&quo t; on Youtube!

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