Waiting for Obama

As Moscow waits for President Obama’s official visit, which begins on July 6, the commentators of Ej.Ru don’t take an optimistic view of the likely outcome. Lilia Shevtsova wonders how Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov can square his often-repeated claims that the ending of the Cold War also marked the end of the dominance of Western civilization in the world with his assurances that Russia shares the same goals as the West. And Yulia Latynina remarks that

The United States tries to solve problems. Russia tries to create them. That is the definition of a pariah state. A pariah state is one that is important in international politics because it creates problems.

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