Middle East rift mars US-Russia ‘reset’

By M K Bhadrakumar

Medvedev no doubt suffered a blow to his prestige from his decision to abstain during the voting on Libya in the United Nations Security Council, overruling the advice of highly professional Russian diplomats that Resolution 1973 was deeply flawed in many respects and was open to varying interpretations in the downstream.

The Deauville meeting will be a turning point. It will reveal whether or not the US-Russia “reset” policy is still holding. Clearly, the two sides are no longer able to build on the “reset”. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty cannot be followed up and breaking the deadlock in arms control involving tactical nuclear weapons is proving difficult because of disagreements over missile defense.

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