Much but not everything was done as part of Russian-U.S. ‘reset’ – Medvedev
MOSCOW. Nov 29 (Interfax) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev counts on the fact that relations with the United States will develop under President Barack Obama but stresses that Moscow will not change its position on the European missile defense system.
“There are issues on which we differ seriously: this is the European missile defense system. And no matter who is in power in Russia, the position is unlikely to change. I hope that Russia and the U.S. will move forward and previously made effort will not go up in smoke during the new term of President Barack Obama. We are ready for this. It is also desirable that our partners understand that we cannot be indifferent to what is happening in the world and to the decisions they are making,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Kommersant daily on Thursday.
Speaking about the ‘reset’ in Russian-U.S. relations, he said: “I have never had illusions that Obama or anyone else and I are capable of changing everything in a few years. In my opinion many things were successful. We signed the new START treaty and agreed on certain issues of visa cooperation. We activated, although not enough, economic ties and implemented synchronized decisions during the crisis. We were able to agree on many foreign political issues. Much but not everything was successful.”