Report: Moscow condemns Bolton's 'tough approach'

Russia's Foreign Ministry hopes the next US ambassador to the United Nations will promote more cooperation with Russia and avoid what it called outgoing Ambassador John Bolton's "excessively tough approach," a news agency reported Monday. RIA-Novosti said the ministry issued a statement just hours after US President George W. Bush announced Bolton would resign, saying Bolton was "a strong professional, although his approach was fairly tough in some issues, including UN reform." "We would like to express the hope that his successor will be able to overcome an excessively tough approach and preserve and develop the positive experience of our cooperation," the ministry was quoted as saying by RIA-Novosti.