Certain progress has been registered in the dialogue between Moscow and Washington on the ABM issue. This was disclosed by Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov in a conversation with journalists. The Minister did not elaborate on the essence of the achieved headway. This issue, according to Ivanov, will be discussed in detail during the forthcoming visit of Vladimir Putin to the USA.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.