Medvedev hopes for constructive ties with new U.S. administration 2009-01-16 03:36:37   Print

    MOSCOW, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Russia hopes to develop constructive relations with the United States after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in on Jan. 20, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

    "We want the relations (between Russia and the U.S.) to develop intensively and constructively in all areas," Medvedev told Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak.

    "With the new administration we are counting on the development of relations between our two countries, as a lot of problems have built up in our ties of late," he was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

    Judging from recent statements made by "the president-elect and people who will be in his administration," the United States also intends to develop bilateral relations, the Russian president said.

    He added that the two countries should cooperate "daily" in such areas as tackling the global financial crisis, fighting terrorism and drug trafficking, as well as countering the proliferation of mass destruction weapons.

    The Russian-U.S. relations have deteriorated due to Washington's plans to place a missile shield in Central Europe, Russia's brief war with Georgia last August, and NATO's eastward expansion.

    Obama said last month that he wanted to "reset" relations between Washington and an "increasingly assertive" Moscow. Medvedev has also repeatedly said he expected to establish "more effective and more reliable" relations with the new U.S. administration.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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