Friday, 4 April 2008

A Russian View on the NATO Summit

Kommersant carries a long and useful analysis of Summit events:

The NATO summit in Bucharest closed its official part yesterday. In one day, “the summit of hopes”, as it was called before, turned into a summit of frustrated hopes. Georgia and Ukraine failed to obtain the Membership Action Plan; neither was Macedonia accepted into the alliance. Some experts regard these decisions of NATO as the Kremlin diplomacy’s triumph. However, Russia has rather lost at the summit in Bucharest: the decision to deploy missile defense system in Europe, adopted by the alliance, bears graver consequences for Moscow than Tbilisi’s and Kiev’s temporary defeat. Kommersant’s special correspondent Olga Allenova reports from Bucharest.

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