Medvedev hopes for real "reset" in relations with U.S. 2009-03-20 23:50:51   Print

    MOSCOW, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday he expected a real "reset" of bilateral relations after a meeting with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama next month, Russian news agencies reported.

    "I hope that this remarkable term 'reset'... will really reflect the essence of the transformations we would like to see," Medvedev told a U.S. delegation led by U.S. statesman Henry Kissinger.

    "We count on the reset and we hope it will happen," Medvedev was quoted as saying by RIA-Novosti.

    Medvedev said he is looking forward to a forthcoming meeting with Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit in London.

    "I hope that it will not be just an introduction, but a comprehensive exchange of views on the entire agenda of Russian-U.S. relations and on all crucial topics on the international agenda," he said.

    Kissinger, the former U.S. secretary of state, told Medvedev that all members of the U.S. group, which includes both Democrats and Republicans, have always hoped for major improvements in bilateral ties.

    The two-day discussions held by Russian and U.S. experts in Moscow have shown that differences are not insurmountable and the agreements are quite significant, Kissinger was quoted by Intefax as saying.

    We hope that the meeting between the presidents will open up a new page in the two countries' relations and lead to positive results, he said.

    Russian-U.S. relations have sunk to a post-Cold War low due to the U.S. missile shield plans, Russia's brief war with Georgia last August and NATO's eastward expansion.

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden first declared the Obama administration's intention to press "the reset button" in U.S.-Russian relations at the Munich Security Conference last month.

    In a symbolic gesture, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a red "reset" button on March 6 before their first meeting in Geneva, implying that they would seek a "fresh start" for bilateral relations.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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