Thursday, May 18, 2006

Why can't we be friends?

The Financial Times:
US President George W. Bush may give Vladimir Putin the cold shoulder when the Russian president hosts the Group of Eight summit in St Petersburg.


“There is a push for the president to do the bare minimum in St Petersburg,” said Nikolas Gvosdev, editor of the National Interest, a publication of the Nixon Center think-tank that promotes a “realistic” US approach to Russia.

This would mean no “chumminess” with Mr Putin, such as private dinners, and could involve a side-trip to a former Soviet satellite for a speech on democracy. Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine president, has invited Mr Bush to Kiev, which might come next month, provided a coalition government has been formed.
Any other blogger following this issue day-to-day? (/Joking.)


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