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The word from Russian sources, via my sources, is that POTUS and his team were ineffective, presumptive, hasty, evasive, unprepared, unappreciative, aimless, superficial. There will be much more on this subject. The Russians are astonished at what they learned. There were no agreements of any significance, nor were any attempted.
One Russian commentator, who is no friend of Medvedev or Putin, but who is a Russian patriot, commented that the POTUS team made the Medvedev adminstration look sharp and timely.
I am describing a diplomatic disaster. The Russians offered the gift of overflights to Afghanistan, of energy pacts, of nuclear weapons disarmament. The POTUS team offered nothing in return. There is mention of the Obama administration’s petulance and of an American demanding of concessions in ignorance of the consequences.
Nightmare in Moscow.
The second night, POTUS stayed in the hotel while all official Moscow puzzled what could there be to this behavior. Three days in Moscow, which is a sizable commitment of official time, and the POTUS skipped the second evening. At breakfast the third day, Putin lectured POTUS for two hours. Putin usually does all the talking, however he is usually dominating Russians, not a president. Am I ringing an alarm bell?