July 7th, 2009
09:10 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama: U.S. wants strong, peaceful Russia


MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) - A strong Russia is good for the United States, President Obama said Tuesday in a speech in Moscow, which he is visiting in an effort to "reset" the countries' relations.

Addressing an audience including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and graduates at a Moscow business school, Obama said Washington wants to work in partnership with a "strong, peaceful and prosperous Russia."

"This belief is rooted in our respect for the Russian people, and a shared history between our nations that goes beyond competition," he said.

On Monday, Obama met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and concluded a series of agreements - including one on nuclear arms reduction - as part of an effort to strengthen ties between the former Cold War rivals.

The two-day summit in Moscow was needed to help "reset" a relationship that, according to Obama, "has suffered from a sense of drift" in recent years.

The president reiterated that in his speech Tuesday.

"This must be more than a fresh start between the Kremlin and the White House, though that is important. ... It must be a sustained effort among the American and Russian people to identify mutual interests, and to expand dialogue and cooperation that can pave the way to progress."

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  1. GI Joe

    No country will trust us for a long time after what the last pair put the world thru.

    When will they (Bush/Cheney) be held accountable in a court of law?

    July 7, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. lynn in NM

    And Obama wants a weak defenseless US, just like Bill and Jimmy.

    July 7, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. lila

    I want to know more about all of this. I'm filled with joy from what i know so far! This is such, good, good news.

    July 7, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. yuri

    The hawkish GOP is waitin' to slam BHO, on this topic, and we can hear the sounds ot teeth-gnashin' of Boehner, McCain, McConnell, et al. No US politician would want to see a srong Russia. Are you kiddin' us ?-quoth GOP.

    July 7, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    There is an apology coming soon, I'm sure......

    July 7, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Former Republican

    YEA :)

    We havnt seen results like this for over 8 years. This is American pride at work. Bringing people closer to each other instead of blowing them up for profits LOL

    Russia is still a super power people and you can bring the 2 strongest powers in the world on the same sheet of music then world peace can take root instead of republicans fearing americans into illegal wars so the corpate war plants can make money LOL.

    July 7, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Steve

    Yes, I believe Russia, China and the United States should be the best of allies because they are the two most powerful countries in the world but I do not believe this is Obama's goal.

    July 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. Neiki

    Exactly! President Obama represents America as a whole! The U.S. seeks peace with all. I support this kind of back bone our Commander-in-Chief has shown to the world. He ia a true leader!

    July 7, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. wendell

    what a lying ,deceitful, tax and spend liberal.... this president is bringing all other countrys up by bringing america down....pretty soon you kool-aid drinkers will see it too....GOD HELP US ALL

    July 7, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. panem et circenses

    @ Heidi in Houston – "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?"

    The only quote I have found is this:

    "It is of common knowledge that the situation on the planet depends on the situation in the Korean Peninsula, in the Middle East," the Russian leader said. He added that the problem was a mutual responsibility for the two countries and should be dealt with "as thoroughly as possible."

    That's hardly a "denouncement". What's your source? If this is true then the MSM has completely ignored Russia denouncing Iran and agreeing to stop the supply of cintrafuges and other nuclear technology.

    What a scoop for your source!!!! Please share so we can all be "better informed"...

    July 7, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. phoenix86

    The fool makes another speech. A strong peaceful Russia, like a storng peaceful Iran run by the Mullahs? A strong peaceful North Korea run by Kim?

    Someone keep Obama on a lease until he gets booted out in 2012.

    July 7, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. RR

    How is a "peaceful" Russia being allowed to build military bases in Georgia?
    Why isn't Obama standing up for our ally Georgia and demanding Russia stop building bases in territory the UN and the US recognize as Georgian soil?

    July 7, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Rhonda

    MR. PRESIDENT,
    How about a STRONG PEACEFUL U.S.A! I feel your priorities are lacking for our country....The U.S.A. should be your priority! How about sweep in front of our front door first....

    July 7, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Scott, Tucson

    The KGB have finally infiltrated the upper levels of the WH with their planting of the community organizer as our leader.

    July 7, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. southerncousin

    Of course he wants a strong peaceful Russia, it gives him an Hillary someone else to apologize to. What an idiot. Thanks for the stupidity George Soros, ACORN and the unions.

    July 7, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Dan in VA

    Peaceful, sure. I don't care if they are strong or not. Actually better if they are weak, so they don't cause any trouble.

    July 7, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. George

    Nothing wrong with that, but you better clear it first with Flush Limbaugh and Joe the Plunger. Peace?? Not sure that will fly in the GOP. Better check with cry baby Boehner. He has said no to everything, so I am assuming that would be no to peace also.

    July 7, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Karen-phoenix

    Again, President Obama is CLEANING up the Bush MESS!!!! Just maybe, President Obama get the world on a path to PEACE instead of BLOWING us all up!!!! Thank you President Obama!!

    July 7, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Moe, NY

    America, at long last, is so very lucky to have such a great President. Here I thought diplomacy was dead and buried, but President Obama proves me wrong. Keep up the good work Mr. President, the majority of Americans are with you!

    July 7, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. citizenjane

    How encouraging for me that it is President Obama and not President McCain negotiating with Russia at this point in time.

    July 7, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Fla.

    President Obama appears to understand respectful diplomacy is key to rebuilding strength in our mutual foreign policy interests with the Russian people.

    July 7, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Melissa

    Wonderful to have a President thats more concerned with proper diplomacy than war.

    July 7, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Enlightened Voter

    Thank you President Obama for helping to restore our damaged relations around the world. I swear if this country ever elects another rethuglican president again we deserve to be ruined.

    July 7, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Hugo

    And the cow jumped over the moon! Russia is for Russia and will only make a deal that will be to their benefit. Let's see, weren't China and Russia calling last week for basing the global monetary system on something other than the US dollar?

    July 7, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Jimmy Hansen

    Obama, did you really say "...MUST BE..."? Don't you know how that rankles a nation who strongly supports their government? You can't even govern the conservatives in your own country; how do you think you can rule the rest of the world?

    July 7, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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