April 1st, 2009
05:50 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama will meet with Russian president

London, England (CNN) - President Barack Obama is meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday morning at the G-20 summit and hopes to set a date for a joint of U.S.-Russian summit to be held in Moscow this summer, two senior U.S. administration officials said.

The two leaders will also discuss the negotiations of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) to reduce their nuclear arsenals, the officials said.

That treaty expires on December 5.

In addition, the meeting will include such subjects as the controversial plan for a U.S. missile defense system based in Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Iran, and the global economic crisis.


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  1. Cindy, PA

    Two communist meeting, what’s the big deal!

    April 1, 2009 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  2. Depressed

    Let the capitulating begin!

    April 1, 2009 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Thank you President Obama for trying to fix the damage done by your predecessor.

    April 1, 2009 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  4. independent Jim

    No match – bet on Putin. Unfortunately, he's tough (or crazy) enough not to budge on any of his key negotiating points. Look for him to give meaningless concessions about Iran, while we fall over ourselves giving up major concessions in eastern Europe, particularly over the Ukraine. Also, don't forget Georgia and oil/natural gas issues. Putin has unified his people by bringing back the glory of the Tsars, while the Presidebt is spending our grandchildren's inheritances. I am especially concerned by his recent alignment with Chavez (another crazy leader).

    April 1, 2009 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  5. LIZ

    If the Russian president didn't pay his taxes?...seems the Kansas Governor didn't who's being considered for Obama's cabinet didn't. Our Secy of Treasury didn't and he's asking for "authority " to intervene in the private business sector. I'm beginning to think that not paying your taxes is a qualification for becoming a cabinet member. What happened to being a good citizen who paid their taxes?

    April 1, 2009 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  6. mark

    I hope Obama doesn't apologize for winning the cold war.

    April 1, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  7. texas

    I hope they dont rough him up too much.

    April 1, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I bet Medvedev is sure happy that he's meeting with President Obama rather than that lady who can see Russia from her house.

    April 1, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  9. SA in OO

    So will Obama "look into his eyes and see the soul of the man."

    Isn' t that what "W" said? And we all know that "W" was an expert at judging character, and other personal qualities in the poeple he chose for key positions in the government.

    Meyers for Supreme Court Justice . . . ?
    Brown (a horse trader) to direct FEMA . . . ?

    Those were good calls !

    April 1, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  10. Brian Crooks

    This is where President Bush and President Obama differ. President Bush would have required the Russians to cut all contacts with Iran, apologize to Georgia, and back down from their opposition to a missile defense shield before we met. And they would have to meet on his ranch in Crawford.

    You don't do any good by requiring all concessions to be made before you meet; you meet to discuss concessions. President Bush thought it made him look tough to constantly make outlandish demands of other countries before the first meeting, but it just made him look foolish. If our "enemies" agree to all of our demands before we meet, why meet? I thought the point of diplomacy was to convince the other party to change their ways and to adopt the policies we suggest.

    April 1, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. WeThePeopleOfVA

    Sounds like an April Fools moment to me.

    April 1, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. Rob

    Obama what are you going to talk about? How to make this country into a communist country. Your doing a good job alone. You know obama you remind me of someone ah yes Hitler thats right are yall brothers, because you sure do act like him wanting to take over every business in america telling people how much they should make, whats next are you going to tell us how we should look, dress, speak?

    April 1, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  13. Pier Giacalone

    "a joint of US Russian summit"? Hmmmm....well if it's good enough for Obama I'll have to give it a try. How much for a QP?

    April 1, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I doubt that Obama will say something stupid like Bush did ("I looked into his eyes and saw into his soul" or something like that) when he met Putin. Obama needs to get Medvedev to understand the need to stand united against Iran doing anything additional on its own when it comes to nuclear development.

    I also hope that there is a new START. I would like to see that include stipulations about securing loose nuclear materials. That is a growing concern.

    April 1, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  15. Baze

    Be careful Obama. Don't trust those Russian slugs one bit

    April 1, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. carlo

    Isn't it great that leaders want to meet with our President? This time last year, they were running for the hills to escape Alfred E. Newman and Darth Cheney. We don't even have to worry about our President trying to give Chancellor Merkel shoulder rubs! Refreshing!

    April 1, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  17. Dawn

    I know that most people don't want the US to associate with the Russia, but we also don't want them as an enemy. Back in the 80's we had a neclear arms reduction, but did the Russians and the United States listen?

    April 1, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. CK

    I wonder what crappy gift he'll give the Russian president??

    April 1, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Michael

    A step in the right direction. We are cloning organs, regenerating lost fingers, developing clean energy, exploring the solar system with robots, creating artificial intelligence; we should be able to foil the nuclear ambitions of lunatics without resorting to such crude and irresponsible measures ourselves.

    April 1, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. scooter

    So I just saw a quick speech Obama gave to the G20 stateing that fear should not be used. ZFunny thing is that is what he used to get the stimulas passed and most of his other bailouts .......

    April 1, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. Ken in NC

    I wonder if Gov. Palin will ask President Obama to bring her something back from Russia.

    April 1, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Joyce Becker

    Let's hope the meeting goes well and the leaders get along and agree on the START treaty.

    April 1, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Freed_From_W

    Glenn Beck to weep into the camera and report Obama/Russia conspiracy theories as fact in 5...4...3.....2....1....

    April 1, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. middleclass warrior

    Will the President look in his eyes and tell us about his soul like Bush did?I dont think so,President Obama is smarter than that.

    April 1, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Roland

    Will they also look into the eyes of the Russians and see their soul!

    April 1, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |