Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeev has accused NATO of failing to consult over the air exercises NATO plans to hold today in the South Balkans. Sergeev said that, when he visited NATO headquarters last week, he was given to understand that NATO was committed finding a political solution to the problem of Kosovo. Today’s planned exercises, he complained, indicate that the alliance is prepared to use military means regardless of cost. (BBC, June 15)
RUSSIA AND THE WEST: DISSONANCE OVER KOSOVO.