Russian policy follows “organized unpredictability”

From Der Spiegel:

….Russian policy, says [German diplomat Gernot Erler], is currently following the “principle of organized unpredictability.

“Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who sought to establish a “positive agenda” with Moscow when he took office, is particularly frustrated. In recent weeks, Steinmeier has complained several times of significant breaches of trust perpetrated by the Russians and says he doesn’t foresee relations with Moscow normalizing any time soon. Merkel is of the same opinion….

One official at Merkel’s Chancellery says that in some ways the situation is even more difficult than it was during the latter phases of the Soviet Union. Back then, the official says, Moscow at least adhered to agreements.

Read more at Germany Worried about Russian Influence in the Balkans – SPIEGEL ONLINE.