In a response to what Russia claims has been the mistreatment of its diplomats in New York, Moscow police have reportedly stepped up their ticketing of foreigners — especially Americans — for traffic violations. The tit-for-tat reprisals between the U.S. and Russia began following a December 29 scuffle involving New York police and two UN diplomats — a Russian and a Belarusan. Moscow police call their latest ticketing offensive "Operation Foreigner." (AP, January 17; The New York Times, January 20)
Tokyo Says Moscow Too Focused on West.