Medvedev looks forward to strong partnership with Obama

November 13th, 2008 - 8:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaMoscow, Nov 13 (RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday he looked forward to meeting Barack Obama when he assumes charge as the new US president and hoped to resolve the ongoing disputes with Washington. “I had a good conversation with him. I hope that with the new administration we will be able to build a normal, full-fledged partnership,” Medvedev said in an interview with Le Figaro ahead of his trip to France for a Russia-European Union summit due Friday.

The president said he hoped that “we will find ways out of situations.”

Asked whether he would meet Obama in the United States this weekend at a G20 summit of developed and emerging economies on the global financial crisis, Medvedev said it was not clear whether the president-elect would participate.

The timing of the summit, coming at the end of President George W. Bush’s presidency, and major disagreements between participants over how to handle the current global financial crisis, have led analysts to predict that groundbreaking agreements are unlikely to be reached at the talks.

Medvedev said he and Obama had agreed “to meet without delay. This is important for the United States and the Russian Federation.”

Ties between Moscow and Washington have steadily weakened in recent years over a host of differences, including Iran’s nuclear ambitions, American missile defence plans for Central Europe, and most recently Russia’s brief war with US ally Georgia in August.

Medvedev last week issued a strong warning to the US over its plans to put interceptor missiles in Poland and a tracking radar in the Czech Republic, and threatened to place short-range Iskander missiles near Poland’s border.

Taking a softer tone Thursday, Medvedev noted that Obama has been elected in a difficult time, but has received “a large credit of trust” from voters.

“I wish him good luck and success in what he has to do,” he said.

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