U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Phillip Gordon has reportedly told Congress that the reset has already made ‘significant achievements’. Russia’s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, has said that Gordon’s comments about Russia being able to join NATO, ‘are not serious enough’ and that the U.S. was trying to ‘take advantage of our weaknesses’. The US is apparently planning to strengthen security cooperation with Russia as part of the reset measures. The Washington Post reports that the US is, internally, considering other options for missile defence in Europe, based ‘exclusively on the threat from Iran‘.
Sergei Lavrov has sharply criticized the Ukrainian government for the expulsion of two Russian diplomats, saying they ‘didn’t give us a single example of spying’. The Russian Embassy to Lithuania has asked the country’s Foreign Ministry to explain why the editor-in-chief of the Regnum news agency was denied entry to the state. A Kremlin foreign policy aide has said that the ‘use of the Russian language is in the interests of Tajikistan’ following moves by the Tajik President to consolidate the official use of the Tajik language.
Rates of criminality among the police have reportedly jumped by 10%. The latest in military reform: soldiers will from now on receive sweets instead of cigarettes in their rations.
PHOTO: Medvedev speaking on a telephone during his flight to Tajikistan, 30 July 2009. (Vladimir Rodionov / Ria-Novosti / Reuters)