Russia Plays Tit For Tat With West

The world of George Bush is one in which the United States has the right to invade nations, construct military bases on the border of friendly nations and extend NATO eastward. The American president has displayed slight interest in the interests of Russia so it is not surprising that Russian leaders are intent on making clear they will not tolerate further humiliation. Yesterday in New York, foreign ministers from major powers cancelled a meeting to discuss further sanctions against Iran after Moscow made known its opposition to such action. Russia’s Foreign Ministry quietly informed the world “we see no fire alarm” that requires any immediate action towards Iran.

The consequences of Bush policies of attempting to intimidate Russia have been wrong for the simple reason the world needs Russian cooperation to deal with a host of issues ranging from Iran to the Middle East to energy. It is time for a new American foreign policy towards Russia which is predicated on respecting the national interests and security issues of that nation and an end to threats.