Why does nearly everyone posting on this thread take the ITAR-TASS article at face value? This is a Russian government controlled source.
(imho) and I do not claim to speak for Jim but I truly believe the posts are accurate. Once more, I do not speak for Jim and this is my opinion only.
I know what you mean. It probably has just about as much objectivity as the AP or UPI. Or CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NYT, WP, LAT, Reuters, McClatchy, Gannett, etc, etc, etc.