How do you know when Putin’s lying? You can see his lips move.
CHEBARKUL (Urals), August 17 Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed as irrelevant allegations that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a military bloc, and highlighted its increasing role in economic cooperation.
The group, comprising Russia, China, and four ex-Soviet Central Asian states concluded Friday a large-scale anti-terrorism exercise in Russia’s south Urals. The SCO, seen as a counterweight to U.S. influence in Asia, was recently dubbed the “Anti-NATO” by Russian daily Izvestia.
Putin said after the exercises: “The SCO today is an organization tackling political and economic issues, and the economic aspect is increasingly coming to the foreground.” Comparisons with NATO are entirely untrue, he said.