Dmitry Medvedev was in France today, mending bridges with Europe while laying the world’s problems—economic and otherwise—at America’s feet, the Telegraph reports. Medvedev blamed US “economic egotism” for the financial breakdown, and accused it of reviving its Russian containment policy and reigniting the Cold War. He proposed a new European alliance as a counterpoint to NATO, which he accused of overstepping its bounds.
“After toppling the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the United States started a series of unilateral actions,” Medvedev said. “As a result, a trend appeared in international relations towards creating dividing lines.” He proposed a new financial system that would replace the “unipolar,” US-dependent model. Nicolas Sarkozy meanwhile praised his guest as a man who “kept his word,” following the Russian withdrawal from Georgia's buffer zones.