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April 1, 2009

President Obama Meets With Russian President Medvedev – Agree To Reduce Nuclear Count

APTOPIX BRITAIN US RUSSIA OBAMA G20 The United States and Russia have reached a deal to reopen nuclear disarmament talks, to “pursue” a reduction in the number of warheads held by both countries. The two countries will embark on the first major arms discussions since 1997. Both countries want to reduce the number of warheads, but no firm number has been reached.

“We agreed to pursue new and verifiable reductions in our strategic offensive arsenals in a step-by-step process, beginning by replacing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with a new, legally-binding treaty,” said a joint U.S.-Russian statement released by the White House.

“We are instructing our negotiators to start talks immediately on this new treaty and to report on results achieved in working out the new agreement by July.”

APTOPIX BRITAIN US RUSSIA OBAMA G20 The leaders agreed to craft a replacement for the expiring 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which limited the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads, known as START before it expires on December 5, 2009. It seems that a formal USA/Russia summit may take place as early as this July since Obama accepted an invitation from Medvedev to visit Moscow in July.

president-obama-president-medvedev-4-1-09-c  President Obama said that a new arms control treaty push “is a good place to start” in rebuilding a partnership with Russia.

I love President Obama’s body language at this meeting.  🙂



  1. The Russians are definitely have a range of directions. I think in my lifetime I seen the Russian Bear of the Cold War era, the fall of the USSR & cooperative relation, and then to a time of caution. One can only hope relations improve, but only time will tell.

    Comment by afrankangle — April 1, 2009 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

    • Frank, I think Russian citizens are some of the smartest most creative people ever but I don’t trust the Russian government.

      PM Vladimir Putin is STILL running the show and that is scary. Talking about power hungry!

      Comment by Paulette — April 1, 2009 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  2. Good, smart people are found throughout the world. No culture has a corner on that market. Unfortunately, that the government stands for is unfairly held against its people. History is full of this … and so is the current world.

    As for Mr. Putin, he seems still very much in a KGB mindset.

    Comment by afrankangle — April 1, 2009 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

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