Last week, the U.S. worried that Russia was either going soft or trying to score points by inviting the Hamas leadership for a sit down. According to the textual (and even more so, the visual) media, however, it looks more like the newbies were getting schooled in the diplomatic arts.
The visual from the NYT:
(…The LAT had a variation on the theme.)
(image 1: James Hill/NYT. March 4, 2006. New York Times. p. A6. image 2: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty. March 4, 2006. LA Times. p. A3)