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Putin says Western diplomatic boycott of Olympics is a mistake – Metro US

Putin says Western diplomatic boycott of Olympics is a mistake

Russian President Putin attends a meeting of the Defence Ministry
Russian President Putin attends a meeting of the Defence Ministry Board in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin called the diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics by the United States and its allies a mistake driven by a desire to restrain China’s development.

Washington will not prevent China’s emergence as a global competitor by dragging politics into sports, Putin said in reply to a question at his annual news conference.

Canada and the United Kingdom have said they will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the games, a move which Beijing has condemned as a betrayal of the Olympic principles.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov)

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