Russia wants to work with Obama. But remember this:
On Wednesday, when many world leaders hailed President-elect Barack Obama's victory in the polls, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wasn't quite as effusive. He announced that he might station missiles in the western Russian region of Kaliningrad and point them at a U.S. missile defense system planned for Eastern Europe.
Now Russia is stepping in line, as the rest of the world, to greet but more importantly look forward to working with the United States. This still meets with having eyes behind your head. I don't expect Obama to have an international laughing meltdown as Bush on Putin:
I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.
Negotiating for the common good is one thing, but no leader with the reputation that Putin has should be trusted, nor should the "puppet" President Dmitry Medvedev, Putin's lackey.
The truth of the matter is this, the Iraq War took so much energy and time from the Bush Administration, that the rest of the world went unnoticed. In other words, any agreements, trust, diplomacy we had with everyone else just fell flat, this includes Russia.
Lavrov says Russia seeks continuity in relations, noting with a chuckle, however, they should not resemble those that were practiced in recent years, because they were unsatisfactory. Instead, he would like to see a continuity of principles that Moscow and Washington agreed upon at a high level.
It is time that we are pro-active in diplomacy talks with all these countries, instead of reactive when something happens. Like the debacle in Georgia, the current strife between Israel and Hamas, problems with North Korea, etc.
It is time to get that jet ready for Secretary of State Clinton, she has a lot of work to do.