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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

President Says No Need to Feel Guilty

President Vladimir Putin lashed out at foreign countries Thursday for trying to make Russia feel guilty about "black pages" in its history.

"Others cannot be allowed to impose a feeling of guilt on us," Putin told a group of social studies teachers at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Interfax reported. "Let them think about themselves."

While he did not directly name the United States, Putin made an obvious reference to the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and cited the Vietnam War in defending Russia's past.

"We did not use nuclear weapons against a civilian population, nor did we pour chemicals over thousands of square kilometers and drop seven times as many bombs as were dropped in World War II on a small country, as took place in Vietnam," Putin said. "We did not have other black pages, like, for example, Nazism."

Putin conceded that Russia has had "frightening pages." "Let us remember 1937," he said, referring to the year of Stalin's Great Terror.