Putin Wanted to Hang Georgian President 'by the Balls'

Sarkozy's team leaks transcript pre-summit
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2008 4:29 PM CST
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is seen at a Cabinet meeting today in Moscow.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Vladimir Putin would’ve had the Russian army destroy the Georgian government and hang President Mikhail Saakashvili “by the balls” if Nicolas Sarkozy hadn’t intervened, the Times of London reports. In a transcript of August’s cease-fire negotiations leaked by the French president’s office, Putin says he intends to overthrow Georgia; Sarkozy responds that the world will not accept his actions.

“I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Putin threatens; after Sarkozy’s surprised response, the Russian prime minister continues, “Why not? The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.” Sarkozy: “Yes but do you want to end up like President Bush?” A momentarily puzzled Putin rejoins, “Ah, you have scored a point there.”