Russia looks forward to fresh approach in ties with US

November 5th, 2008 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaMoscow, Nov 5 (DPA) Russia said Wednesday it anticipated a “fresh approach” to leave behind the “stereotypes” in relations with the United States after Barack Obama’s victory in the presidential
elections.”The US election result testifies to the fact that everyone correctly counted on a fresh US approach to all the major problems,” Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told Interfax new agency Wednesday.

“We believe that the US president will himself shape the tone of relations with Russia. As to the president’s advisors, they will also have the possibility to look in a new way at the old approaches and maybe to review the stereotypes that earlier were intrinsic to them,” Karasin said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday gave his first state-of-the-nation speech since succeeding Vladimir Putin touching in the first few remarks on difficult ties with the United States.

Medvedev, 43, blamed the United States for spreading the financial crisis “around the whole planet.”

He also stressed the importance of Russia’s war with US-ally Georgia as a landmark in the future course of the country.

Moscow drew heavy criticism from the west for its intervention in Georgia’s breakaway regions, which it recognized as independent after the war in August.

Putin has blamed the United States for provoking the start of the fight with Georgia, and said the five-day war held the same place in the country’s modern history as 9/11 for US policy.

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