mercredi 6 mai 2009

Moscow rules

"In recent months the transatlantic alliance had been trying to re-engage with Moscow. But its efforts have been undermined by last week's spy row and by the Kremlin's strong objection to Nato's decision to hold a military training exercise in Georgia." [Guardian]

We're no fans of the Kremlin (not since 1923 anyway) but this excerpt is politicolinguistically revealing. It's not the military exercises that have undermined re-engagement efforts, but Moscow's objections to them - exercises that will take place right next to Russian territory. So, it's not the provocative war games that are the problem, but the aggressive diplomatic response.