Obama to Visit Russia/Meetings with Medvedev and Putin
President Obama visits Moscow on Monday to discuss agreements on Military Transit and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expires at the end of this year.
With Russia's invasion of Georgia last year and political interference in the Ukraine, relations with Russia have slipped to an all time low since the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Obama who will be having a short meeting with Vladimir Putin, now Prime Minister, and President Medvedev hopes to revive relations with Russia.
The European Union, which depends on Natural Gas and Oil from Russia, shipped through the Ukraine, have normalized relations with Russia.
It is widely believed that Putin still calls the shots in Russia. This may prove problematic to the US Administration since Obama recently remarked that Putin lives in the past. Putin, a former boss of the KGB, appears to be aiming for Russia's former glory and standing among world powers.
This will be a difficult task for President Obama and will certainly test his ability to manage foreign affairs. Along with the quest for a Miltary Transit Agreement and the renewal of the Strategic Arms Reduction Agreement, the discussion will surely include Iran's current election and the behaviour of the rogue state North Korea.
Although both sides have vowed to set the reset button on bilateral relation, missile defence remains a major tension. The former Soviet satellite, Poland, has been picked as one of the sites for missile defence.
MOSCOW – United States President Barack Obama visits Russia Monday in the hope of finding agreements on military transit and weapons reductions to revive a relationship that last year plunged to a post Cold War low.
Obama is to hold several hours of meetings with President Dmitry Medvedev but his shorter breakfast encounter with Vladimir Putin Tuesday could yet be chilly after he remarked that the prime minister remained stuck in the past.
Both sides have vowed to press the "reset button" after Russia's war with Georgia last year capped a series of diplomatic rows. But potential tensions still remain, most notably on missile defense.