Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is halfway through his first term as president. With new presidential elections looming on the horizon, chances are slim that he will press through with necessary reforms.
It was a remarkable moment. During a recent visit to Argentina, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced triumphantly that his country "has returned to South America" and would seek close cooperation with its inhabitants. He finished, surprisingly, by snubbing what could only be interpreted as the United States.
"No one has a monopoly on the truth. Therefore I hope that this won't bother anyone," he said, before adding: "And if it does bother anyone, well, we don't give a damn."
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After two years in office, Medvedev leaves little hope of 'thaw'