The Media Mirror - 23.07.07. What's in today's Russian newspapers?

Russian press writes about the current state and the prospects of Russia-U.S. relations and about the country's relations with the West in general.

Vremya Novostei newspaper writes that Russia's WTO membership is not happening this year. The problem is not in any of the negotiations but in the lack of time: even with all the talks done, there's still the Duma hearing and two months of bureaucratic games at the WTO:

Richard Haas, President of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, writes in the same newspaper on U.S.-Russian relations:

For the U.S., Moscow's foreign policy must become a priority, not Russia's internal affair

For the U.S., Moscow's foreign policy must become a priority, not Russia's internal affair ,” he points out.

He says, Russia and the U.S. have to learn to co-operate in the spheres where they have common views:

According to Mr Haas, “we lack the skills and the habit of mutually beneficial co-operation. We can easily slip-slide into the more customary mode, that of criticism and mutual misunderstanding.”

“However, says the author, common sense reminds us: Russia-U.S. relations are something bigger than diplomatic interaction. We just haven't crossed the Rubicon, the point of no return to the old antagonism yet. At some point we will.”

Novaya Gazeta paper has an article by Aleksandr Garros, dealing more or less with the same issues – Russia's relations with the West. He portrays the West as a sailor who goes out to sea and comes back, and Russia – as his fiancee waiting on shore to make him happy with her love and his life – miserable with her jealousy and erratic behavior.

He writes that “it's us who can only love or hate them. They are mostly indifferent to us, sometimes they fear us.” But neither side can afford to break the relationship.

Ray Bradbury is turning 87 and the Rossiyskaya Gazeta official daily has a whole-page interview with the famous science fiction writer, who's very popular in Russia since the early 1960-s. Bradbury too has a lot to say about Russia and America.

“Don't blame Bush for Iraq. Those who do, forget – that war toppled one of the cruelest tyrants on Earth,” the writer stresses.

According to Bradbury, “those who call atrocities against peaceful people their ”holy war“ will have to come to terms with the fact that this war is not about a dominant religion but about freedom or slavery.”

“WWIII is already happening. But humankind has gone through two world wars already and every time came out stronger than before. This time will not be different,” he believes.

“Russia and America have to live in peace with each other. We do not have any other option,” Bradbury underscores.