President Barack Obama’s reversal of the Bush administration’s plans for an anti-missile ‘defence shield’ in Poland and the Czech Republic has - perhaps predictably - been described by his political opponents as a surrender to Russian pressure.
Reaction in Russia, however, has been carefully choreographed to mesh with Obama’s own stated reasons for change. President Dmitri Medvedev spoke of a ‘‘responsible decision’’, and only the more extreme tabloid-style sections...
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