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Sweden wanted to "split" Putin and Medvedev?

Published onsdag 16 februari 2011 kl 09.49
President Dimitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Scanpix

Sweden wanted to push behind the scenes to cause a rift between Russian president Dimitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, at least according to leaked Wikileak documents, obtained by the daily Dagens Nyheter.

The US Embassy cables claim that Swedish representatives of the so-called e-PINE group of northern European countries and the USA said at a meeting in 2008 that they wanted to "build up" Medvedev, in the hope that it would cause some kind of split between the two leaders.

Swedish experts on Russia have slammed the alleged tactics as a bad idea.

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