Russia is not an easy country to please. Less than two weeks after the NATO-Russia summit that was supposed to usher in a new era of cooperation, Russia’s leaders once again trotted out their hard-ball rhetoric. In his annual state of the nation address President Dmitry Medvedev said that “either we reach an agreement on missile defense and create a joint mechanism for cooperation, or, if we do not succeed in entering into a constructive understanding, there will begin a new arms race.” A few days later Prime Minister Vladimir Putin echoed the warning in an interview wi...
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