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December 22, 2004

Analysis: Russia's mixed signals

Topics: International News

BBCNews-World Dec 22 17:00 GMT (14:00 EST)

The harsh, anti-western tone of some public statements by Russian officials over recent weeks has caught attention of many commentators.

So far, it does not seem to have damaged the personal warmth Vladimir Putin enjoys in his relations with western leaders, as witnessed by the on-going, distinctly up-beat summit of the Russian and German leaders.

(Click on image to enlarge - Mr Lavrov says that Russia's aims will not be solved by isolationalism)

But away from the cameras, diplomats in both Russia and the West are signalling real differences of opinion, and doubts over the consistency of their partners.

Some of the western media have recently written of a sharp chill in Russia's relations with the West. Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, dismisses this as fiction, and says Moscow's foreign policy aims are unambiguous.   Continue reading....

Posted by Hyscience at December 22, 2004 3:10 PM

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