Diplomacy

Clinton Criticizes Russia During Trip

Russia can join Israel in the penalty box: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Russia during her visit to the country on Thursday for aiding Iran in its construction of a nuclear power plant. Clinton said that Iran should first demonstrate it’s not developing nuclear weapons, adding "In the absence of those reassurances, we think it would be premature to go forward with any projects at this time, because we want to send an unequivocal message to the Iranians.” Her statement came just hours after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced the plant would be finished in just a few months. The Washington Post calls the tiff “the most visible sign of discord in a visit that both sides celebrated as marking an improvement in relations since the Obama administration took office.”