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Putin: US orchestrated conflict in Georgia
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of instigating the fighting in Georgia and said he suspects a connection to the US presidential campaign - a contention the White

House dismissed as "patently false."

 

In a decision he said was unrelated to unraveling Russia-US ties, Putin also ordered that 19 American

poultry producers be barred from selling their products to Russia. He said the unnamed companies ignored demands that they correct alleged deficiencies. (AP)