Trouble afoot in Abkhaz, UN plane shot down
Regions / Russia
After handshakes and statements of good will, the two sides will return home, each with its own fish to fry elsewhere.
It is difficult to say what any new administrations policy will be by the end of the presidents term of office.
Instead of consulting with Russia over key foreign policy issues such as the Iraq bombings and allied policy toward former Yugoslavia, Washington has attempted to steer Moscow into a diplomatic backwater where it can exert little global influence.
When the Soviet Union abruptly ceased to exist on December 25, 1991, it seemed that the West, particularly the U.S., finally had what it had always wanted--the opportunity to introduce quick, all-encompassing economic reform that would remake Russia in the West's own image.
U.S.-Russian security relations have slowly deteriorated since 1993.