Talking the talk

Russia's President Medvedev is lately making noise about holding talks with president-elect Obama and backing off Russia's aggressive stance towrad the West:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that a "crisis of confidence" exists between Russia and the United States but that he has "great aspirations" for the incoming Obama administration.

It will be important for Obama to meet with Medvedev, but he must bear in mind that Vladimir "Pootie-Poot" Putin remains the true power behind the throne. Russia is still a wily beast, ready to strike at any target of opportunity, especially to the expense of weak neighbors nearby.