Henry A. Kissinger, former US national security adviser | July 4, 2008
Conventional wisdom which treated President Medvedev as a mere continuation of Putin is oversimplified. ++ We are witnessing one of the most promising periods in Russian history. ++ The new Russian government with two centers of power may mark the beginning of an evolution toward a form of checks and balances. ++ Geopolitical realities with respect to nuclear weapons and Iran require Russian-US cooperation. ++ US can affect more by patience and historical understanding than by offended disengagement and public exhortations.