In an article in Moskovskie novosti (no. 43), Russian foreign minister Andrei Kozyrev said that Europe must avoid reestablishing the divisions of the past, that NATO expansion was possible only if cooperation between the Western alliance and Russia were deepened, and that a strengthened Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe should serve as the matrix for security in the region. Meanwhile, political commentator Andrannik Migranian said in the June 21 Moskovskaya pravda that Kozyrev should be fired because of the very ambiguity of his position on NATO, and for his failure to inspire confidence either at home or abroad. “Russia deserves a foreign minister whose words will be taken seriously by our partners in the world,” Migranian said.
Terek Cossacks Mobilize in the North Caucasus.