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Despite general agreement between the two leaders, Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev acknowledged after their meeting at the White House that there are still some issues that divide the former Cold War foes.
Describing his discussions with the Russian leader as excellent, Mr. Obama said such talks would not have been possible around the time he assumed office. He said the relationship between the U.S. and Russia “had drifted, perhaps to its lowest point since the Cold War.”
Relations between the two countries deteriorated after the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia.
Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev said their goal is to ensure quick ratification of the new arms reduction START treaty in Washington and Moscow. The two leaders signed the treaty in Prague in April. The New START Treaty reduces limits on U.S. and Russian deployed strategic warheads by approximately one-third.
“Probably it’s not quite healthy, but it’s very tasty … and you can feel the spirit of America,” Mr. Medvedev said of the meal.
Mr. Obama said his administration is committed not just to resetting the relationship with Russia but broadening it as well. “The U.S.-Russia relationship has to be more than just about security and arms control,” he said.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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