NYT: Mr Obama and Russia

Vice President Joseph Biden told a European security conference on Saturday that it was “time to press the reset button.” We are relieved that Washington and Moscow are talking about cooperation. But pressing the reset button cannot mean absolving Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin of its authoritarian ways.

So far Mr Obama has been quiet about Russia’s latest efforts to bully its neighbors. He will have to find his voice. We are not sure how Mr Obama is going to find the right balance between cooperating with the Kremlin and avoiding enabling its bullying ways. But that can be the only basis for a sound relationship.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/opinion/12thu1.html

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