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Putin To Join Bush, Sarkozy At Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

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By Associated Press

5:01 AM EDT, July 21, 2008

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, his spokesman said Monday.

Putin, formerly Russia's president, joins a host of world leaders including President Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy who have confirmed their participation in the Aug. 8 ceremony.

Leaders are expected to hold talks during the Aug. 8-24 Games, though Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Monday that plans were still being worked on.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are among those who have said they plan to stay away.

A spokesman for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev could not immediately confirm his plans.

Officials in many EU states have called for a boycott over China's human rights record, which was recently highlighted by a brutal crackdown in Tibet.

In March, Russia said mixing politics with the Olympics was "unacceptable."

Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi is to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Many saw Putin's participation in the bidding process as key to securing those Games and Putin has made it his personal project.

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MJ, instead of opening up a new thread every time, maybe you can connect them to existing threads? Like maybe, this one could've gone with "Opening Ceremony Details."

Otherwise, this whole folder will just get overwhelmed with hundreds of threads.

Please try to exercise some discretion in opening up new posts as the Games get closer.


Edited by baron-pierreIV
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Sarkozy is such a stupid hypocrit and liar, first he was yellin to heavens that he was going to boycott the OC and now this. Anyway, that's how politicians ALWAYS work.

PD: baron's right, you should not make too much threads when you could post this on the OC one, it's kinda annoying

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