From the Wall Street Journal: White House officials, in turn, signaled Wednesday that they don’t plan to offer overt concessions or even softer reassurance on issues at the top of the Kremlin’s list — the deployment of missile-defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic and the possible acceptance of Georgia and Ukraine into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

“We’re definitely not going to use the word ‘reassure’ in the way that we talk about these things,” said Michael McFaul, special assistant to the president and senior White House director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs. “We’re not going to reassure or give or trade…anything with the Russians regarding NATO expansion or missile defense.” (graphic: Getty)