October 14th, 2009
08:13 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton challenges U.S. and Russia to move beyond the Cold War

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shakes hands with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outside Moscow.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shakes hands with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outside Moscow.

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) - An impassioned U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking to students at Moscow State University on Wednesday, admonished those in the U.S. and Russian governments who haven't moved beyond a Cold War mentality.

Clinton said such people are "living in the past" and aren't able to cooperate on issues such as missile defense because they "don't trust each other." She also called on the nations to find common ground, saying they "shouldn't end all cooperation" just because they can't agree on everything.

"Let's be smarter than our past," Clinton said, offering to bring a "new attitude bring to the relationship."

The town-hall meeting followed sessions Tuesday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that yielded no breakthroughs on arms control, Afghanistan or possible sanctions against Iran as it pursues a controversial nuclear program.

Following those meetings, Clinton spoke about surmounting historical difficulties in U.S.-Russian relations, changing a relationship "once defined by the shadow of mutually assured destruction into what is based on mutual respect and, over time, increasingly mutual trust."

"We are different countries; we have different historical experiences, different perspectives," she said. "But we are planting those disagreements in a much broader field of cooperation, and hopefully we are enriching the earth in which this cooperation can take root."

Clinton wraps up her trip to Russia on Wednesday.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We need to know who we can deal with honestly, and who are those that we need to have some concern about. We should hope that we and the Russians can move to a better understanding of what the other wants so that we can cooperate on issues of mutual concern.

    October 14, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hillary is echoing the Obama administration's stance on our new foreign policy. The damage that was done by the previous "with us or against us" administration has been felt worldwide. A lot of bridges are being rebuilt by those that some lunatics think have done next to nothing to keep us safe. The mere fact that world leaders are once again welcoming us to the table is enough progress for me in a mere 8 months.

    October 14, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    And to help that she apologized for us winning the cold war and said we will not defend Europe anymore or anywhere else if Russia will send a nasty note to Tehran regarding their nuclear bomb program. That should solve everything and she can win the Nobel Peace Prize next year.

    October 14, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Russia & USA have a long history of being allies then enemies....we are back to being allies for now....

    October 14, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. hal9000

    how about challenging Russia to get out of Georgia, improve human rights, and increase political and media rights?

    Clinton and Obama have totally sucked up to Russia and let them do whatever they want.

    October 14, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. P

    Good for Hilary. It's time to move beyond the cold war politics of the past and open a dialoge with Russia. The USA needs to find common ground to deal with nuclear prolifiration and terrorism.

    October 14, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. tpbco

    Regardless of whether you are refering to Russia, China, Iran, the Taliban or North Korea, as the humorist Will Rodgers noted:

    "Diplomacy is the art of saying nice doggy, while looking for a rock."

    Let us not repeat the mistakes of Neville Chamberlain.

    October 14, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. GoHillary16!

    Hillary will be 69 when the primaries start in 2016. I think even then she'll be sharper and smarter than W, McCain or Reagan, on the best day of their lives. Go Hillary 16!!

    October 14, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Some republican guy

    Don't trust those Russians, Hillary. They're communists!!!! If the narcisstic obamabots and the union thugs and the illeagle aliens from ACORN get there way, my grandbabies will be living in a communist country too!!!! They'll have public healthcare, public roads and public schools and even public libraries with books about communism!!!! Have a nice day!

    October 14, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. dan smith

    Hey Hillary, didn't you hear, Reagan ended the cold war by crushing Russia. Guess you forgot huh.

    October 14, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Carter Landrum

    I don't hear anything new here. The Obama administration people keep saying they are "re-setting" everything, but it all turns out to be a continuation of the same old thing. Either the US wants to retain our leadership position in the world, or we don't; which is it, Clinton?

    October 14, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. mike

    wait the republicans love to live in the past look the cold war it produce
    FEAR and it put them in power so as long as we can find an enemy it will always be a friend to a republican

    October 14, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. cgillette369

    what could hillary clinton posible know about international relations.
    she's strictly a retail dometic politician.

    although to her credit she did fail DC's bar exam.

    October 14, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Sam Sixpack

    Where was she while the election in Afghanistan was being rigged?

    October 14, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. phoenix86

    Somebody please tell out Secretary of State that the Cold War ended during George H.W. Bush's term in office.

    For Clinton to be "smarter than our past" she should at least display a sense that she has a remedial grasp of history.

    Chamberlain Foreign Policy of the Obama administration.

    October 14, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Doug

    Very interesting the part of co-operation on missle defense systems,we just unilaterally ended that one ourselves. I am sure they listened in bemusement as the U.S. is now begging them for gifts after doing this. Please give me something I can take home to the President she says, funny. Russia must think that comedy central now has become the state department.

    October 14, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. jaye

    Hillary Clinton is a brilliant woman. Her job suits her well.

    October 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    Its too bad that Russia holds all the cards. Obama has left us totally defenseless and without any kind of bargaining power whatsever.

    October 14, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |