What happened at the start of the Zurich meeting is telling. Lavrov warmly greeted Kerry and exchanged pleasant conversation. But when he was introduced to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, their hands barely touched andhe refused even to make eye contact.
Mr. Lavrov is sending a message here – Russia approves of sane and frank discussion of global problems, as represented (albeit certainly not ideally) by Mr. Kerry. And Russia disapproves of double-dealing and subversive action to achieve geopolitical goals, as represented (absolutely perfectly) by Ms. Nuland.