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Medvedev not afraid of WikiLeaks revelations

RIA Novosti

14:59 24/12/2010

MOSCOW, December 24 (RIA Novosti) - Documents released by the WikiLeaks website that exposed U.S. diplomats' dim view of Russia have no bearing on U.S.-Russian relations, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.

There is no reason to fear additional revelations from the whistle-blowing website, the president added during an end-of-year interview broadcast live on Russia's three main TV channels.

In late November, WikiLeaks began releasing a huge number of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables that contain, in particular, forthright comments about many world leaders.

"What should I be afraid of? It is the officials of the U.S. Department of State who should be afraid," Medvedev said. "If I was afraid of what is written about me, I would never use the Internet or watch TV."

On Wednesday, during his visit to India, Medvedev told the students at the Indian Institute of Technology that Russia "doesn't give a damn about things being discussed in diplomatic circles while assessing the social processes in our country."

"It is not a secret that when people communicate, they often use very forthright expressions," Medvedev said then, adding that if the similar leak occurred in Russia's Foreign Ministry or security services, the country's partners, including the United States might get very emotional while reading "warm words about themselves."

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