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Putin (right) speaking with Bush in St. Petersburg on July 14 (epa)
July 15, 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today said Russia would not want to have a democracy "as in Iraq."
He made the comment in response to a reporter's question at a joint news conference with U.S. President George W. Bush in St. Petersburg today.
"To tell you frankly, we, of course, wouldn't like to have such a democracy as in Iraq," Putin said.
Russia has been accused by Western, including U.S., officials of backtracking on democratic reforms.
Moments earlier, Bush had spoken of his desire to promote democracy in the world, and used as an example freedom of the press and religion in Iraq.
Russia, which vehemently opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, has consistently criticized U.S. actions there.