Inside Story asks if Moscow is flexing its muscles
Russia is at odds with the US and the EU with issues of conflict ranging from US plans to install missile defense systems in Europe to gas exports.

Some suggest the mood is reminiscent of the old cold war days.

Talks between Russia and the US in Moscow on Tuesday yielded no more than a decision by both sides to tone down the war of words.

Also, an EU-Russia summit in Samara on Friday is threatened by deep divisions.

So, how deep is the crisis in Russia's ties with the US and the EU?

Is Moscow flexing its muscles?

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