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believe that every person must have some faith within his heart, and this is what is especially important -- your inner world, the condition of your soul,” says Putin.
“Is that what brought you and George W. Bush together at the beginning,” asks Wallace. “Your feeling about some spirit?”
“Probably so,” says Putin. “That mutual feeling appeared during our first meeting.”
“When he [Mr. Bush] looked into your eyes and saw your soul. What about you?” asks Wallace. “Did you see his?”
“He impressed me as a reliable person,” says Putin, who adds that he still feels that way. “You know that we have different views on some things, but my first impression was correct. He is a truly reliable person who does what he says he will do.”
Democracy cannot be exported to some other place. This must be a product of internal domestic development in a society,” says Putin. “But if the U.S. were to leave and abandon Iraq without establishing the grounds for a united country, that would definitely be a second mistake.”