Medvedev Warns U.S. on Senility

First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reached out -- sort of -- to Washington on Tuesday, saying he was willing to work with any future U.S. president who was not stuck in the past and did not have "semi-senile views."

Medvedev, who is expected to win Sunday's presidential election in a landslide, said Moscow and Washington have plenty of common concerns.

"We will work with any administration that will be chosen as a result of the election," Medvedev said, RIA-Novosti reported.

"Although of course it's easier to work with people who have modern positions, and not with those who have glints of the past in their eyes and, frequently, simply profess semi-senile views," he added.

He did not elaborate.

The leading candidates in the U.S. presidential primaries all take a much harder line on the country than has U.S. President George W. Bush.

It was unclear if Medvedev was making a veiled reference to Arizona Senator John McCain, the likely Republican nominee. McCain, 71, has been a fierce Kremlin critic and offered remarks that are often short on nuance.

"I looked into Putin's eyes and I saw three letters -- a K, a G and a B," McCain said in December. Upon meeting Putin, Bush said he stared into his eyes and "got a sense of his soul."

Democrat Hillary Clinton said that because he was a KGB agent Putin "doesn't have a soul." (AP, MT)