Kosovo's Wildest Wild Card: Moscow

The crisis is dangerously straining U.S.-Russian ties

Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny M. Primakov made a sharp U-turn on Mar. 23 when he heard NATO forces would soon strike Kosovo. On his way to Washington for a meeting with Vice- President Al Gore, Primakov ordered the pilots of his Russian jet to head immediately back to Moscow. Now, as the Kosovo conflict intensifies, relations between the U.S. and Russia could be headed for a sharp reversal as well.

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