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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iraq Raps Putin for Sarcastic Comment

BAGHDAD — Iraq's government criticized President Vladimir Putin on Monday for making fun of its U.S.-sponsored democracy at the G8 summit.

At a news conference Saturday with U.S. President George W. Bush, Putin responded to comments by Bush on Russia's own brand of democracy by saying: "We, of course, don't want to have a democracy like the one in Iraq."

"Mr. Vladimir Putin … has diminished the importance of the democratic experience in Iraq with a sarcastic remark," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office said in a statement. "The government of Iraq was astonished at this remark. It ignores the daily sacrifices and unique courage shown by Iraqis who turned out in large numbers … to vote.

"We'd like to remind Mr. Putin that change in Iraq does not appeal to some in the region. Unfortunately, they are supporting terrorism, which threatens this unique experience."