July 6th, 2009
01:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Medvedev reach 'substantial' deal on Afghanistan


MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an agreement Monday that will help U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan.

The deal will allow the United States to transport personnel and equipment across Russian territory to supply U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

"This is a substantial contribution by Russia to our international effort, and it will save the United States time and resources in giving our troops the support that they need," Obama said at a news conference with Medvedev.

In a written statement, the White House said the deal "complements a NATO-Russia arrangement, under which the United States began shipping non-lethal equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory earlier this year."

The new transit routes will allow the U.S. military to resupply international forces more quickly, saving up to $133 million a year in fuel and other transportation costs, the White House said.

Obama and Medvedev also issued a joint statement saying they are concerned about the continuing conflict in Afghanistan and reaffirming their "commitment to the goals of the common fight against the threats of terrorism, armed extremism, and illegal drug trafficking" in the country.

"We shall continue and develop our cooperation in the interest of enhancing the capabilities of the government of Afghanistan to accomplish key socioeconomic objectives, to raise living standards, and to ensure the security of its people," the two presidents said.

Updated: 1:23 p.m.


Filed under: Afghanistan • President Obama • Russia
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Pete

    Sifto, I'm sorry that you have simply absorbed the Fox News talking points to the clip that you have. Believe it or not, Obama has often talked about the greatness of the United States (check out his Fourth of July message for an example of this). However, you seem to think that anything short of Obama running around the globe saying "we're better than you" or "you're with us or against us" is unacceptable.

    Running around the globe screaming "USA USA USA We're NUMBER ONE" isn't diplomacy, and you lose more allies by adopting that as your only diplomatic strategy.

    July 6, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    @ Jon in CA

    Russia benefits as much as anyone and more from increased stability in the region, particulalry in light of the danger a decreasingly stable Pakistan represents as a result of the events in Afghanistan. Poland...ha...nice try...did you read that in some tea leaves left over from that insipid "teabagging" tantrum?

    July 6, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. DaBird

    I glad he saved us some money to offset the trillions he is spending. I'm still waiting for all the Bush haters to tell me why Obama hasn't pulled us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. We just spent $1 billion building an embassy in Iraq that will employ 1100 people. We are not leaving Iraq. Obama lied to you.

    July 6, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Fred in Louisiana

    Candy West Virginia July 6th, 2009 11:41 am ET

    Something that could never have been achieved under bush. Thank you President Obama for helping to restore relations around the world. You are an amazing President and this country does not deserve you.
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    You're right Candy! This country does not deserve him!

    July 6, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. rachel

    My post disappears again, all I said was were was the coverage on Hillary when she met with russian officials, oh right all the press could do was focus on on a mispelled russian word, while Obama gets all the glory using Hillary's language of reset while he visits. It figures. Post

    July 6, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. John

    Whatever Obama does, Republicans criticize him. This in not constructive criticism, it is a sadist attitude.

    Republican Party is Done, Gone, Finished.
    Filibuster for us. The Duds and Incompetent have been Eliminated.
    Freedom has Come to America.
    We no more have Idiots Running our Country.
    We have no more Criminals in White House.

    Republican Party did nothing in last 8 years.
    Now they are Speaking.
    They need to just shut their loud mouths.
    ALL TALK + NO DEEDS = REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    July 6, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. geecee

    You GOP haters can't accept anything at face value, can you? There has to be something negative, nefarious or underhanded going on to make you guys happy. So sorry that no foreign government would even think about giving Bush/Cheney any cooperation because they were such bullies and chest thumping warmongers. Certainly, you are so very disappointed that President Obama is so well received by foreign dignitaries instead of laughed at like Bush was. Obama knows how to get things done without starting Wars, understand?

    July 6, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    @ Barry, who asked "When is CNN going to start acting like a news organization rather than the house pr organ for the Obama administration?"

    You're kidding, right? CNN, like all the other "news" stations out there, prints every single inane, irrational, crybaby criticism of Obama that makes it past the drool sliding out of the GOP's mouths and then treats it as though maybe it has merit...even the yammering about "socialism" that echoed McCarthy's 1950's witch hunts for political rivals. You should be thanking CNN and the rest for being more concerned about ad revenue than integrity...otherwise, the vast majority of GOPers out there wouldn't be getting any print whatsoever.

    July 6, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Tom

    What is going on with the Michael Jackson autopsy? Isn't that more important that this drivel? Oh wait Gov Sanford had an affair thats more important than Iran killing its own. Oh Gov Palin just resigned, new news cycles that the American people can drool over instead of real domestic or geopolitical events like the disaster new stimulus package Al Franken will get to write with Princess Pelosi. Just wait for the spin when American firms change their domicile to India and Dubai. What will we see then the funeral of the Sainted Susan Sheridan and Maureen Dowd.

    July 6, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Redbeard

    Hey, RR Florida:

    How many drafts of that post did you write before you threw it up for public consideration? I ask because I've never seen someone use so many words to say absolutely nothing before.

    Consider:

    You claim that President Obama is a liar, and yet you provide no concrete examples of his falsehoods. Off the top of my head, I can name three campaign promises he's broken, but I can also name about twenty that our last administration dropped six months into its first terms as well. It's called being a politician–none of them are totally honest.

    You claim that Russia lies. Fine, we know they do, but again, would you like to provide an example, or do you just want to spew as many inflammatory words as you can in the least amount of space? Evidence over venom, please. Nobody thinks Russia's got our best interests at heart in this deal, but saying, "Other nations are duplicitous in their dealings with us," is like saying, "mammals are warm-blooded."

    You claim that Sarah Palin's greatness was masked by the media. Alright, show me her greatness. She's just announced her resignation as Governor of Alaska because she doesn't want to be a "lame duck," which more or less amounts to, "I quit because I won't be able to get stuff done, so thanks for voting for me, but I'm out of here." Yeah, the media sure made that decision for her, didn't they? Or how about her inability to answer simple questions on the campaign trail? Sure, some outlets may have set her up a couple of times, but they tried to do the same thing to President Obama–one candidate had the wherewithal to answer those "gotcha" questions, the other didn't–guess who I want representing me on the world stage?

    I really don't give a toss if CNN prints this or not; the moderation of these comments isn't nearly as strict as some of you seem to think it is anyway–they print what best advances the conversation at hand, even if it is unfounded blather from the masses, so just take off your tinfoil hats and get on with your lives, please.

    July 6, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. citizenjane

    @alvino: I am sure the right wing nuts are not going to be happy about this.
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    When have they ever been happy? The GOPs entire existence has always been to perpetuate misery. It's in their genes.

    July 6, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. panem et circenses

    A "deal" means each side gets something. We get to save $133,000,000 a year out of the $2,900,000,000,000 that we spend each year – that's 3/4 of 1% of the annual budget.

    What does Russia get?

    July 6, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Sharon Plainfield NJ

    Can someone please tell me why for the last 8yrs nobody critizied Bush of his wrong doings and we are paying for it. Nobody said anything about his spending of 7billions dollars. Now since we have a Black man in office everything he does is in uproar or he gets blame for. Pres. Obama is doing the best he can and it will take awhile. You cannot cleanup 8yrs of mess in 5 or 6 mos. it is impossible. He not a miracle worker. The Republicans have yet come up with any solutions to the problems they created nor have any of the naysayers. I also noticed that some of Media refuse to say Pres. Obama they are saying Mr. Obama WHY???? The Media alway address Bush as Pres. Bush not Mr. Bush. What wrong with that picture?

    July 6, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Kurt from Alberta

    DaBird: "I glad he saved us some money to offset the trillions he is spending. I'm still waiting for all the Bush haters to tell me why Obama hasn't pulled us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. We just spent $1 billion building an embassy in Iraq that will employ 1100 people. We are not leaving Iraq. Obama lied to you."

    Well, during the campaign Obama said that the number of troops in Afghanistan would be increased since that's the country harbouring the terrorist organization responsible for 9/11... unlike Iraq which had nothing to do with the attack.

    As for the embassy, it was built by President Bush. I'm not sure anyone in their right mind would think that the United States wouldn't leave a diplomatic mission in Iraq. 1100 employees is probably close to standard (perhaps a bit higher considering security concerns). The United States has embassies in most countries in the world (and, you may be shocked to hear this, but other countries have embassies located in the United States).

    Obama didn't lie about this. You just weren't listening to what he was saying.

    July 6, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    @ RealityKing

    Someday maybe you'll learn that the S&P 500 is a better measure of how the economy's health is effecting the vast majority of Americans and that minor daily fluctuations in the DOW are meaningless. BTW, the DOW is up about 150 over January 23, 2009 and that's after the recession caused it to fall below 7,000 during March. Just like all the experts predicted (at least the sane ones who weren't saying stupid things like "the market will magically fix itself"), we're going to be watching it roller-coaster for a while.

    July 6, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Turnabout is Fair Play

    RealityKing July 6th, 2009 12:03 pm ET

    Meanwhile.., back in America, Obama's "light at the end of the tunnel" turns out to be a progressive train of spending that continues to cost millions of American's their livileyhoods.

    DOW -66.50 -0.44%
    8,214.24
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    That's YOUR opinion and that's all it is, a neo-con's uneducated opinion, btw, the Dow's 8248.54 right now so what's the point of posting it?

    July 6, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Sam Sixpack

    This new "deal" will allow our children to be spread across Afghanistan thinner than ever and faster than ever. Four of our kids dead already today. This new "spread em' thin to win" campaign is going to kill a lot more. Please, please, complain often and loudly! Your kids' lives are going to depend on it.

    July 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. panem et circenses

    @Sniffit – Russia benefits as much as anyone and more from increased stability in the region, particulalry in light of the danger a decreasingly stable Pakistan represents as a result of the events in Afghanistan. Poland…ha…nice try…did you read that in some tea leaves left over from that insipid "teabagging" tantrum?

    Gotta wonder what you're sniffing, there, big guy. If Russia cared about stability in the region they would put pressure on Iran to stop the nuclear escalation campaign they are on.

    July 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. sine

    This is what a president is -Lord thank you, I have missed this the last 8 years!!!

    July 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Jeff from Atlanta

    @ Georgio
    I'm one of those who do not underestimate this president. I think he's an inexperienced joke and he has yet to disappoint my beliefs.

    July 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. yuri

    The GOPS ain't gonna happy about this. For example, we can hear things like-"What's he doin'?. Is he sellin' out US to the Russians who are known for their knavish behaviors?"

    US-Russian relations have been looked by many a politician and nobody came up with a clear definition or an adjective. Reagon was rough 'n' tough with Gorby. If we say -patience- that's onething GOP haven't got much.

    July 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Heidi in Houston

    @panem et ineffectiveness:

    "Gotta wonder what you're sniffing, there, big guy. If Russia cared about stability in the region they would put pressure on Iran to stop the nuclear escalation campaign they are on."

    Um, Medvedev DID publicly denounce Iran's nuclear intentions today, which was a really surprising part of the presser today. Why don't you watch it first, before commenting and insulting the more informed posters like sniffit?

    July 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Dre

    when can we give this president some credit for once, these haters are always talking nonsense when this man is doing all he can do for American.

    July 6, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Susie

    It's about time the People, the taxpayers, I mean, have started ranting about this NObama fiasco. Out of Iraq?? into Afghanistan? well soon Korea, I guess and then the TOPPER, IRAN!!! What a jacko, that is a popular name I understand, well You GO OHbama – but don't take US with you.

    July 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Hugo

    Yes Sniffit and Reality King will learn that when the liberal left figures out that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the root cause of our economic woes. Of course that would mean they would have to figure out what party was in control of House and Senate at that time during the Bush Administration also....Democrats! Remember, 2010 and 2012, special voting thanks to Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Franklin Raines, Maxine Waters and many many more! Spend, Spend, Spend; Spend, Spend, Spend; your future, your future.... (sung to shake your booty)

    July 6, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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