Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov reported at a press-conference today about his projected meeting Tuesday in Bucharest with US Secretary of State Colin Powell for discussing arrangements for the latter's visit to Moscow on December 9-10. The sides are also to deal with preparation of the US president's trip to Moscow in the middle of the next year. Under review will be certain strategic stability questions touched upon during Vladimir Putin's recent tour about the United States. The situation in the Middle East, in Afghanistan and around Afghanistan is also to be discussed too.
The difference between the West and the two mighty allies in the East - Russia and China - is enormous. In fact, it is not a difference, but an outright contrast