On Thursday, Bush has made new overture towards President Vladimir Putin of Russia in an attempt to slow the steady slide towards a new Cold War status between the two nations. Dr. Condoleezza Rice will also visit Moscow next month, ahead of G8 summit to be held in Germany.
This past week has been marked by some especially tough language from President Vladimir Putin, even comparing current American foreign policy under Bush to that of Nazi Germany. If anything, this marked a new low in the public terms used to describe the other nation between the two world powers.
A major issue between the U.S. and Russia is a plan to install a missile defense network in former some Eastern sphere nations. And with the recent immense oil wealth generated under Putin, compared to the relative state of poverty for Russia under Yeltsin, Russia is now embarking on a dangerous new escalation of high technology arms including the development of a new hypersonic cruise missile able to fly far faster than any current American antimissile defense system can take down, as well as a new program to develop a new generation of strategic bombers. Neither weapon system is what is required to combat the current shared bilateral concerns of terrorism, but as a military counter to any existing U.S. weapons.
Whether Bush has the ability to reverse the steady slide of the relations between the two powers presents the latest challenge for his administration which seems to be suffering from no shortage of foreign policy crisis points right now.
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