Russia – USA friends again ? Hard to says…
First full meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary State of USA, Hillary Clinton was placed in Geneva (Switzerland), following a gathering of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. Nuclear non-proliferation, US missile defence in Europe, Iranian issue, and the fight against terrorism were some of the topics of discussions between the two parties. Also, minister Lavrov said at the end of discussions that: “we prepared ground for meeting of ours presidents, Medvedev and Obama, at G 20 Summit”.
Many political analysts consider that efforts to reset US – Russia ties kick off with first official talks. But surely it can be noticed a clear intention of the two countries do not rate this opportunity. In friendly register, notices Secretary State Hillary Clinton statement that ” U.S. appreciates the help given by Russia on Afghanistan”. Clinton also noted many areas of common ground between the United States and NATO and Russia, including not only cooperation on Afghanistan, but also working together to combat terrorism, narcotics trafficking and piracy. But Georgia an issue is a point where parts had different views; the missile defense or the independence of Kosovo, too…Minister Lavrov said in common press conferance that “Russia not recognized the independence of Kosovo, because it understood how dangerous is such decision”. His counterpart, Hillary Clinton statement that “The United States will not recognize any nation having a sphere of influence over any other nation”. Also, Clinton said: “I reiterated again in our meetings with Ukraine and Georgia, the United States’ firm commitment to each of those nations moving toward NATO membership and our equally strong commitment to work with them along with NATO that they should not be the subject of Russian intimidation or aggression”. But existing NATO – Russia differeces are not more important than other issues like non-proliferation, Afghanistan, and fighting terrorism which are a challenge for both.
Remember that NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer announced at a media conference, yesterday:“The ministers reached an agreement to formally resume the NATO Russia Council, including at ministerial level, as soon as possible after the summit in Strasbourg and Kehl. There is strong agreement that the Russia-NATO Council is certainly not a fair weather body and that the weather is not yet fair,“ he noted.“Russia is an important player, Russia is a global player and that means that not talking to them is not an option,” Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said. NATO officials said the differences with Moscow are many, but should be discussed openly.