ummmm, do you think this is a hidden message to Bush about the defense missile systems and Georgia joining NATO? The Russians celebrated the last 9/11 anniversary by detonating their largest non nuclear bomb.
Bush and Putin were butting heads much more than was reported in the months prior to the 9/11 attacks. Putin became furious when Bush announced the USA was pulling out of a nuclear treaty and that the Ukraine and Georgia would be joining NATO in 6/2001. Three months later? We all know what happened on 9/11/01.
MOSCOW, September 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia confirmed on Wednesday that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Poland on September 11 to discuss U.S. missile shield plans, the Georgia conflict, and ties with the EU.
The Foreign Ministry said Lavrov will meet with his counterpart, Radoslaw Sikorski, and Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
"I am positive that an agreement between Poland and the United States to deploy missile defenses in the [Central European] country, the situation in the Caucasus, and other international issues will be raised," ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said.
"I think talks will [also] be held on prospects for relations between Russia and the EU," he added."
Russia opposes the U.S. plans for a missile shield in Central Europe as a threat to its national security. Moscow earlier warned it would be forced to target its missiles at Poland if the former Soviet-bloc state hosted the interceptor missiles.
Warsaw formally agreed to the deployment of 10 U.S. interceptor missiles on its territory in mid-August. In early July, the U.S. also signed an agreement with Prague to place a radar station in the Czech Republic.
Sikorski said after the missile deal with Washington that Lavrov had cancelled his planned September visit to the country. The Polish Foreign Ministry said however the next day that Moscow had not formally confirmed the cancellation of Lavrov's visit. Sikorski then backtracked on his statement, saying it was a "misunderstanding."
Prime Minister Tusk earlier said the missiles and the accompanying U.S. military aid were needed to protect the country from Russia.
Poland was also among Russia's strongest critics over last month's armed conflict with Georgia, insisting on EU sanctions against Moscow.
Moscow recognized Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states on August 26, two weeks after Georgian troops launched an attack to retake South Ossetia.
Both South Ossetia and Abkhazia broke away from Georgia in the early 1990s, and had enjoyed de facto independence for many years.