Next, a Cold Peace?

Relations between the U.S. and Russia are rapidly turning sour

Perhaps there should have been no shock. Long before last week's meeting in Budapest of the 53-nation Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, there had been abundant warnings that U.S.-Russian relations were turning sour. Russian officials had tried unsuccessfully to get the U.S.-designed embargo on Iraq's oil sales lifted and had resurrected Moscow's veto in the U.N. Security Council to block an American-backed resolution on Bosnia.

Shortly before the CSCE summit began, Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev refused to go through with the scheduled signing of documents to create loose military ties between Russia and the U.S.-led NATO alliance.


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