Following the successful test firing of a Topol
Series Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stunned journalists in a TV interview. Mr Putin not only claims that the USA orchestrated the actions of Georgia, but there were US citizens on the ground in Georgia taking directions from Washington.
Putin's accusations aired by CNN
that the U.S. Administration had a hand in the five day conflict.
Putin went on to say that the he suspected "someone in the US specially created this conflict" to "create an advantage" for a US presidential candidate.
"If my guess is right, then it raises the suspicion that someone in the US specially created this conflict to worsen the situation and create an advantage in the competitive struggle for one of the candidates for the post of president of the United States," he said on Russian TV.
Mr Putin said in the interview: "The fact
is that US citizens were indeed in the area in conflict during the hostilities.
"It should be admitted that they would do so only following direct orders from their leader
A White House official denied the charges and claimed that Putin was getting "bad advice