President Dimitry Medvedev made clear he continues to regard Bush as representing a Cold War mentality and he intends to make clear Russia will not back down. Bush pushed to establish missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic and has urged NATO membership for nations in eastern Europe. The Russian leader announced his nation would deploy missiles in territory near the Polish border in a defiant slap in the face of President Bush.
Hopefully, a President Obama will sit down and discuss Russian concerns with Medvedev in an effort to avoid initiating a new Cold War. Obama will be receptive to a Russian desire for peace and security. Medvedev may well be changing his mind by next spring.