President-Elect Obama and Russian President, Medvedev Agree to Meet Soon

November 11, 2008 at 5:10 am Leave a comment

dmitry-medvedev.jpgRussian President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President-elect Barack Obama agreed to meet soon during a telephone conversation on Saturday, a Kremlin spokesman said.



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He said the meeting would most probably take place when they were in Washington for the Group of 20 summit next weekend.

The G20, comprising major industrialized powers and leading
developing countries, will meet to discuss how to tackle the global
financial crisis.

The Kremlin spokesman declined to give details of the call, saying
only that Medvedev congratulated Obama on his successful campaign for
the presidency.

Washington’s relations with Moscow plunged to a post-Cold War low
during George W. Bush’s presidency, and many in Russia have been
cautiously hopeful for an improvement under Obama.

But hours after Obama won the U.S. presidential election, Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev accused Washington of “conceit” in causing
turmoil on world markets and said it partly triggered Moscow’s war with
Georgia in August.

Medvedev also said in a state of the nation address on Wednesday
that Russia would respond to U.S. plans to build parts of a missile
defense shield in eastern Europe by stationing new missiles near
Poland’s border.

Poland said earlier on Saturday that Obama had declared he would
continue with the missile shield, but an Obama aide in Washington said
he had given no commitment to deploy the system.

Source: Reuters

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