U.S. split over Medvedev’s approval

Vladimir Putin’s approval of Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, as a presidential candidate caused mixed reaction in the United States.

Some U.S. political analysts consider it a positive sign, because Dmitry Medvedev has no links to the KGB. 

But others are not so optimistic. They describe Medvedev as the least charismatic candidate of all running for Russian Presidency in 2008.

And a third group of analysts just ignored the occasion, which shows the current state of relations between U.S. and Russia.  

The U.S. authorities also refused to react. The White House Press-secretary, Dana Perino, said that U.S. considers the nomination of Dmitry Medvedev as a presidential candidate to be an internal issue for Russia.

She also could not remember weather President Bush has ever met Medvedev in person.