World Watch

PHOTOGRAPH FOR TIME BY TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS

Secretary of State Colin Powell

Warning Signal
It was almost as if U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell had two sets of meetings in Moscow last week. Russian officials say he spent a "friendly and constructive" time with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But by the U.S. account, there was a "spirited" exchange in which Powell praised U.S.-Russian relations but dwelt in unusual detail on the Kremlin's dark side, warning that relations with the U.S. would ultimately be damaged if Russia failed to address concerns about its apparent slide toward authoritarianism.

And in an op-ed in the Russian daily Izvestia, Powell...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!