Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia will respond calmly to an increase in NATO ships in the Black Sea in the aftermath of the short war with Georgia, but promised that "there will be an answer."
Russia has repeatedly complained that NATO has too many ships in the Black Sea. Foreign Ministry official Andrei Nesterenko said Tuesday that currently there are two U.S., one Polish, one Spanish and one German ship there.
One has to wonder what the foreign policy people in Washington believe they are doing in antagonizing Russia to this degree, and just what outcome they attend to achieve.
Unfortunately, as have most of Washington's foreign policy blunders in the last eight years, this move may well come back to haunt the US and NATO for a long time to cdome.