MOSCOW - An angry Prime Minister Vladimir Putin spoke in graphic terms about hanging the president of Georgia during talks about a cease-fire to end the August war between the two countries, according to a French magazine report. A spokesman for the Kremlin confirmed that "the rhetoric was very harsh" at the meeting.
"I'm going to have Saakashvili hanged ... " Putin said, ending the sentence with a crude anatomical reference. "Hang him?" Sarkozy reportedly said. "Why not?" Putin reportedly said. "The Americans hanged Saddam, didn't they?" "Yes, but do you want to end up like Bush?" Sarkozy reportedly said. "You have a point there," Putin said.
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "Putin spoke in words very similar to what is written in the article." Both Levitte and Sarkozy's spokesman declined to comment.