Few in Indian media gave much importance to Vladimir Putin's inauguration as the newly elected president of Russia with a thumping majority, which was telecast in grand style by Russian TV, now available in India (It is a good antidote to western spins and outright lies of BBC and other Western channels .Arab Al Jazeera too has joined the western gang)
Putin to Skip G8Summit and Meeting with Obama
Putin's decision not to attend the meeting comes a week after Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said that talks between the United States and Russia over the US-backed European missile system have reached a dead-end.
Moscow has repeatedly objected to the move, saying the deployment undermines Russia's sovereignty. Russia has called for sharing control of the missile system, a request rejected by the Washington.