NEWSLINK New York Times: A Tiny Crack in the Russian Ice

File Photo of John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov at Podiums

It is a measure of how low American-Russian relations have sunk that a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Secretary of State John Kerry that achieves nothing is perceived as good news. But good news it was when they met for four hours in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Tuesday, following talks between Mr. Kerry and the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov.