Russia Begins to Nationalize, France May Re-Join NATO
****Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced legislation in the Russian parliament that would nationalize key sectors of the Russian economy. The atmosphere within the Kremlin suggests this is only the beginning.
****French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Putin met at a bi-lateral conference in Moscow to discuss the Iran nuclear issue, among other Russia-West disputes. The leaders' public remarks about closer ties were well-measured and largely inconsequential.
****France submitted paperwork at NATO political headquarters that proposed ways for EU foreign policy makers and NATO officials to work more closely. The proposals are seen as an indication of French intent to re-join the alliance.
****Foreign Ministers from Norway, Sweden, and Finland met with NATO military officials in Bodø to discuss the increasing number of Russian bomber flights over the Norwegian Sea.