MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned President Bush's top two Cabinet officials on Friday to back off U.S. missile defense plans for eastern Europe as high-level talks yielded little more than a pledge to meet again.I am a total child of the 80s, when we expected nuclear war with the Soviets to occur at any second. So I've always found Vladimir Putin kind of extra scary. Especially in his dictator-lite mode (like when he plants flags at the north pole).
Despite presenting new cooperation proposals intended to bring Moscow on board, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates failed in a series of tough meetings to turn around Moscow's opposition to the system and other strategic issues.
Although I guess to the general public Russians, being technically white people, are somewhat less frightening than scary Arab Muslim Terrorists. Although personally I prefer the Russians as movie bad guys.