We knew this was a bad move from the start, but an inexperienced American president was determined to send a new Ambassador to Moscow. It hasn’t gone that well so far. Unlike the man he replaced, new Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul is inexperienced himself and apparently has succeeded already in upsetting his Russian hosts.
Just last Tuesday Russian state television announced that new US ambassador had arrived in Russia to make a white Revolution. Scrambling for options to keep his “reset” with Russia in play, Obama turned to the only American still trusted by Vladimir Putin, long retired Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Kissinger is aging and has gained a lot of weight since his State Department days and one can only imagine that he must have felt as Yoggi Berra once uttered, like deja vu all over again to be the peacemaker between Moscow and Washington.
Welcoming Mr. Kissinger as his guest, Prime Minister Putin described Kissinger as one of the finest experts in Russian-U.S. relations. The former U.S. Secretary of State in reply expressed the hope that relations between Russia and the United States would improve in the coming months and years.
Kissinger met with Ambassador McFaul on Thursday and then with Mr. Putin on Friday. McFaul said that the former secretary of state “is back in Moscow to continue the kind of strategic dialogue with the Russian government that is so important to our partnership.”
Putin and Kissinger have developed a friendship over the years. The two first met when Putin was an aide to the mayor of Saint Petersburg and was tasked with picking up Mr. Kissinger at the airport in the early 1990s.
Mr. Kissinger did not meet with President Medvedev on this trip.