Obama meets Putin - will it ease relations between Moscow and DC
Prime Minister Putin of Russia and President Obama met at a breakfast meeting this morning. The meeting began with a Press Reception.
President Obama told Putin that he thought his state visit was proving to be an excellent opportunity to mend relations between the two countries.
He said that they may not agree on everything but the tone of mutual respect and consultation would serve both the American and Russian people well.
Putin on his part said that he was pleased to finally meet his American collegue. He said that the relationship between Russia and the US had been mixed with feelings of good will but also times of strained feelings.
Obama was able to get agreement for the US Military to overfly Russian territory, which will aid in resupply of Afghanistan. They have also agreed to continue with talks to reduce the nuclear warhead arsenal.
Missile Defence continues to be a major discord between the two nations. There were no joint statements on Iran or North Korea.
More on Obama's visit here including his speech to New Economic School
The meeting began on Tuesday morning with a press reception. Obama told Putin that he believed his state visit was proving an "excellent opportunity" to mend relations between the two countries.
"We may not end up agreeing on everything but I think that we can have a tone of mutual respect and consultation that will serve both the American people and the Russian people well," Obama said.
Putin noted that the history of recent US-Russian relations had been marked by times of good will and also times of strained feelings, saying he was "glad to finally meet and have the opportunity to get acquainted" with his American colleague.