Moscow talks between top US diplomats and their Russian counterparts haven't edged the two sides any closer to deals on a proposed US missile shield in Eastern Europe and a nuclear-arms reduction treaty, the Financial Times reports. Condoleezza Rice heads home empty-handed, but US-Russia relations at least seem to have thawed a touch after hitting post-Cold War lows.
"When we have differences, we can talk about them in an atmosphere of mutual respect," Rice said. Russia says the missile shield would intrude on its security; the US says it would offer protection from "rogue" nations like Iran. Still, some signs of hope emerged, with both Secretary of State Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates reportedly impressed by president-elect Dmitry Medvedev.