Russia Callous about Wikileaks Revelations?

Russia "doesn't give a damn" about the assessments of the country's domestic affairs expressed in Wikileaks's revelations, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.
"Actually we don't give a damn about things being discussed in diplomatic circles while assessing the social processes in our country. It is just opinion," Medvedev told students at the Indian Institute of Technology during his official visit to India.
In late November, whistleblowing web site Wikileaks began releasing a huge number of confidential U.S. cables which contain, in particular, forthright comments about many world leaders.
President Medvedev was described as "Robin" in deference to his "Batman" Prime Minister Vladimir Putin,
"It is not a secret that when people communicate, they often use very forthright expressions," Medvedev said, adding that if the similar leak occurred in Russia's Foreign Ministry or security services, the country's partners, including the United States might be strongly emotional while reading "warm words about themselves."

Earlier, Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, demanded that NATO confirm or deny WikiLeaks reports showing that the alliance treats Russia as an aggressor.
The latest batch of U.S. embassy cables released by Wikileaks shows NATO drew up plans in January to defend the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania against any possible attack by Russia.
A NATO spokesman said Tuesday that NATO and Russia are not enemies but that the alliance is always ready to defend its members, including the Baltic states.
Rogozin said he expects NATO "to publicly give up military plans against Russia."
An arrest warrant for Julian Assange was issued by Swedish prosecutors last week just days after his website published the first batch of over 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables.
World leaders and diplomats have downplayed the impact of the information leak on international relations but many have questioned the benefit of the project, alleging that some of the leaks could "threaten lives."
Source: RIA Novosti


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