DIPLOMACY

Russia to Offer Afghan Help

While the diplomatic situation in Iran and North Korea may be worsening by the day, President Obama is poised to score a big victory in Russia, where the government has agreed to let American military planes fly over Russian territory en route to Afghanistan. According to the New York Times, the deal will be announced next week when Obama visits Russia. The move provides a key supply route for military in Afghanistan, giving Obama one of his most concrete foreign policy successes so far. There are still plenty of outstanding issues, however, including differences between the two governments over a missile defense, trade, and a nuclear arms agreement.