Plans by Russia’s military to station missiles along the border with eastern Europe have been suspended as a goodwill gesture to new US President Obama, the Interfax news agency reported Wednesday. Citing an unidentified source, it said the fact that Obama so far has not pushed for deployment in Poland and the Czech Republic of the US antimissile system planned by his predecessor, President Bush, made the suspension possible. The Defense Ministry declined to confirm the report, however.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe said he has decided to join a unity government with his bitter rival, President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai, who’d take the new post of prime minister, said his Movement for Democratic Change and Mugabe’s representatives would meet Thursday to try to resolve their remaining differences, although an MDC spokesman warned that the party “cannot compromise beyond what it [already] has done.” Earlier this week, the MDC voiced disappointment at the results of a regional summit that set a Feb. 11 timetable for the swearing-in of such a government.