Putin accuses Echo radio of pouring 'diarrhoea' on him

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused a leading liberal radio station of constantly disparaging him and serving foreign interests.

At a regular meeting with editors-in-chief of leading media, he told Moscow Echo radio's Alexei Venediktov: "You pour diarrhoea over me day and night."

He singled out a discussion of Russia's opposition to US missile defence plans in Europe as an example of Echo's bias.

Venediktov later said Mr Putin was entitled to criticise his station.

"Of course, it was very unexpected that the prime minister started to criticise the work of the radio station, which he listens to, as it turns out," he said.

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