The Russian reset, the crowning glory of the administration’s foreign policy, seems to be fading like a cut flower. Evidence?
In an interview Friday that was timed to the third anniversary of Russia’s war with Georgia, President Dmitri A. Medvedev said top United States officials played a key role in events that touched off the war, and offered a withering assessment of a recent Senate resolution on Georgia’s behalf, which he said reflected “the personal tastes of certain elderly members of the Senate.”
Mr. Medvedev dismissed as “pure provocative nonsense” the notion that a Russian military intelligence officer was linked to an explosion outside the American Embassy in Tbilisi, a charge that was tentatively corroborated by a United States intelligence assessment that was described to reporters last week.
Then there’s this:
"The very fact of deploying U.S. military missile defense infrastructure in the Northern seas is a real provocation with regard to the process of nuclear disarmament", said [Russia’s ambassador to NATO Dmitry] Rogozin at a press conference.
As well as Vladimir Putin’s statement that the U.S. is a ‘parasite’ to the world’s economic well being.
There’s lots more, of course, so is this a crumbling reset? New normal? Same as it ever was?