U.S. President George W. Bush's national security spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, called Putin's allegations "wrong."
He added that the White House was "surprised and disappointed" by the comments.
Putin made his comments earlier on February 10 at a security conference in Munich, Germany.
"Everything that is going on this world today is a consequence of attempts to implement a unipolar concept of the world," he said. "And what is the result of that? Unilateral, often illegitimate actions have not resolved one single problem. On the contrary, they have caused new human tragedies and more tension. You can judge for yourself: the number of wars, local, or regional conflicts has not decreased. And more people -- significantly more people -- are dying in such conflicts now."
Johndroe said despite Putin's comments, Washington expected to continue cooperation with Moscow in fighting nuclear proliferation and in counterterrorism.
(Reuters, AP, AFP)
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