Several years ago, it appeared the United States and Russia would work together since they apparently had few outstanding issues of dispute. The Bush era led to American military threats such as the program to construct anti-missile bases on the border of Russia and warnings about what Russia should or should not do when Georgia invaded South Ossetia. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Seryukov now claims the United States has plans to seize control of resources within Russia. “US aspirations have been aimed at getting access to raw materials, energy and other resources.” It is difficult to ascertain exactly how this relates to Russia other than as an example of paranoia running wild.
It is time for President Obama to meet with President Medvedev and clear up the situation. Step one would be to abandon the irresponsible program of building missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. Step two is working with Russia to deal with concrete issues such as Iran and the search for peace.