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Putin described hanging Georgian leader: report

Putin described hanging Georgian leader: report
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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.

Le Nouvel Observateur reported Thursday that Putin compared Mikhail Saakashvili to ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during a meeting in Moscow with Nicolas Sarkozy. The magazine said Sarkozy suspected that the Russian army was going to topple Saakashvili. "You can't do that, the world will not accept it," the magazine quoted Sarkozy as saying. It described its source as Sarkozy's diplomatic adviser, Jean-David Levitte.

"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.

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