Saturday, August 23, 2008

Russian Foreign Minister in WSJ - Not Sounding so Friendly

I haven't been paying a lot of attention to this issue, but while catching up on this week's WSJ content, I found the the opinion piece by Sergey Lavrov.

A couple excerpts:

"Another real issue is U.S. military involvement with the government of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Did Washington purposely encourage an irresponsible and unpredictable regime in this misadventure?"

"Of course, that strategic dialogue has not led us too far since last fall, including on the issue of U.S. missile defense sites in Eastern Europe and the future of the strategic arms reduction regime. But the threat itself to drop these issues from our bilateral agenda is very indicative of the cost of the choice being made in Washington in favor of the discredited regime in Tbilisi. The U.S. seems to be eager to punish Russia to save the face of a failed "democratic" leader at the expense of solving the problems that are much more important to the entire world."

Wow. Guess Biden was virtually a must for Obama given the current geo-political climate.