Publications by EVGUENI NOVIKOV

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May 18, 2012 0 Comments

Putin skips the G8 summit — it’s time to re-set our relationship with Russia Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: EVGUENI NOVIKOV, J.D. GORDON

The Russian “re-set button” that was grandly announced by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton in 2009 was a unilateral gesture — and thus it’s no surprise the Bear is still smiling.

Now with President Putin’s unprecedented third term as Russia’s president underway and his decision to skip the G-8 Summit in Camp David on May 18-19, perhaps it’s time to re-think the whole thing.

First, though the idea might have sounded good to Americans who opposed President George W. Bush’s tough foreign policy after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the olive branch did not change Russia’s generally antagonistic posture towards its neighbors or the West. While Obama “hoped” to “change” the relationship, America instead found itself on the losing end of the new START agreement on nuclear arms reduction…. Continue Reading »