Diplomacy

Clinton v. Putin

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had some tough words for Russia today in an interview with the BBC. "There are areas where we just flat out disagree and we are not going to paper those over," Clinton said an interview before a meeting with her Russian counterpart in Geneva. "We will not recognize the breakaway areas of Georgia, we do not recognize any sphere of influence on the part of Russia and their having some kind of veto power over who can join the EU or who can join NATO.” She also, however, reproached the Bush administration’s approach to Russia: "There was a rather confrontational approach toward Russia in the prior administration. How much that contributed to Russian behavior I think is a legitimate question to ask.”