Monday, December 04, 2006

Chutzpah, Muscovite Style

Earlier, I reported on both the resignation of John Bolton and intriguing details into the assassination of Chechen Islamist sympathizer Alexander Litvinenko.

And what binds these two stories together?

The Muscovite Foreign Ministry's reaction to the resignation of John Bolton:
Russia's Foreign Ministry hopes the next US ambassador to the United Nations will promote more cooperation with Russia and avoid what it called outgoing Ambassador John Bolton's "excessively tough approach," a news agency reported Monday...

"We would like to express the hope that his successor will be able to overcome an excessively tough approach and preserve and develop the positive experience of our cooperation," the ministry was quoted as saying by RIA-Novosti.
Let's hear it for soft diplomatic talk backed up by poisoning your opponents with nuclear waste abroad.

UPDATE: Even more Russian-style irony: An example of "soft diplomatic talk" - the kind prefered by Russia.
British police investigating the poisoning of a former KGB agent formally requested assistance from their counterparts in Russia, whose foreign minister warned Monday that continued suggestions of Kremlin involvement in the death could damage diplomatic relations.

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