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The Disorder of Conferring With Russia

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John Vinocur also discusses Russia-U.S. relations. He predicts that when Barack Obama goes one-on-one this week in London with President Medvedev, he will be entering talks of exceptional difficulty.

The big problems (and great contradictions) in a vast attempt to engage with Russia were encapsulated in congressional testimony given in Washington last week. American generals basically said Russia’s post-Cold War innocuousness was over and that its potential threat to NATO and its friends in Europe and Eurasia was now such that America should abandon its plans to draw down its forces in Europe.