July 6th, 2009
01:23 PM ET
14 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. Pietro

    I think the Russians want a bit of revenge on Afghanistan, regardless of who does it.

    July 6, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. alvino

    I am sure the right wing nuts are not going to be happy about this.

    July 6, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. GI Joe

    We have the same military advisors that we've had for a long time, and it's amazing how much more gets done on the positive side since the Cowboy and Shooter have left and taken their war-mongering ways with them. Good for both countries.

    July 6, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    We're actually going to be able to save money with the alternate transportation routes. The right will say that the President is sucking up to his counterparts when in actuality, this is diplomacy.

    July 6, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. John B. From New Hampshire

    this is HUGE! this will help is both strategically, and policy-wise with Russia. Not to mention the money we're saving on fuel! Kudos POTUS!!

    July 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Hugo

    Well I guess I've lived long enough to see it all now. I remember when we were supplying Osama Bin Laden with weapons and support to destroy the Russian military presence in Afghanistan, it was a real meat grinder. I guess those Soviet vets that served in Afghanistan are just about ready to puke now! I wonder if their fellow country men spit on them when they returned home? Funny how the world turns now isn't it?

    July 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Jefe

    Yet another example of successful dipolomacy which folks on the extremist "Right" wing will ignore. Simply not enough death and failure for them to be happy.

    July 6, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Jon in CA

    Ok ... NOW do a little investigating and reporting on what Obama GAVE in return.

    I already know what Russia wants and Obama will gladly give them: Poland.

    Obama was months ago offering to squash Poland's request for missile defense.

    Yeah – why should we care what a NATO ally who is all but defenseless against a bullying neighbor who a year ago invaded the province of Georgia????

    Obama is a worthless community organizer promoted above his paygrade.

    July 6, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. better than going it alone

    saving money, maybe, certainly a plus if we are

    but there is a lot of baggage that comes with bringing Russia into anything

    I wonder what was given up and I wonder if Russia's involvement stops with allowing weapons to pass through on their way to Afgan

    so many ifs, whys and dangers, but some silver lining

    July 6, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. ron

    I can hardly wait to read how the gop terrorist group makes this into a negative. They have been using Russia to scare the American people for years. The President can't make a deal, only republicans can make deals. So they will spin this as Obama being naive, even though this is bigger than anything Reagan ever did.

    July 6, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Candy West Virginia

    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.

    July 6, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Todd

    Why didn't Cheney & his Administration accomplish this type of agreement? Per his puppet ("W"), he looked into Putin's eyes and saw his soul – Or was this another lie of Cheney & puppet?

    July 6, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Laverne

    This agreement came about by talking to one another and each countries interest. Obama did not go there with a cowboys and indians attitude. He went with the intention of negotiating and compromises for the better interest of the US. Good job President Obama.

    July 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. sifto77

    again., Obama is apologizing for the US to the entire world–this time it is about our nuclear arms and how we must be an example. Does this man have anything good to say about the US? I am tired of him acting ashamed of the US and our greatness.

    July 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. barry in las vegas

    While this is good news – what did we have to give up to get this cooperation?

    When is CNN going to start acting like a news organization rather than the house pr organ for the Obama administration?

    July 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Enlightened Voter

    There is no other way this could be looked at as anything but positive. Peace is always good yet you rethugs found a way to turn something good into a negative. You guys could care less about this country as you've proven, you just feed off your hatred for the President. How sad you are. Remember though, what goes around comes around, hate always returns to the hater. It's called Karma.

    July 6, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Mike,Texas

    Its amazing when you go from the dumbest President to one of the smartest Presidents,you see real leadership.

    July 6, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Bob in Pa

    What they didn't tell you here is how much BO gave up for such cooperation. My guess is instead of saving 133 million, it will have actually cost us much much more.

    July 6, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. POEMAN

    It is nice to see what can happen when we use diplomacy rather than tough talk to get things done around the world. Nice work President Obama!

    July 6, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. RealityKing

    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%

    July 6, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. rkd

    If we want to save money, lets get out altogether. This war is turning into another bottomless hole to pour money down. There's no real justification for being there, no plan for winning and no end in sight. I think we could enhance US security much more effictively by putting the money into taking care of our own house.

    July 6, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Maurice from Ontario

    In this world that is becoming smaller and smaller, it is critical to be able to come to agreement with other sovereign nations, in spite of what the past relationship has been. We're not talking only about saving bundles of money for transportation of personnel and materiel to Afghanistan. We are talking about a lot more issues... broader issues, that bring two of the most powerful and influential nations together in endeavoring to do something proactive and aimed at creating greater peace. THAT is quite an achievement. ATTAWAY, Pres. Obama.

    July 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Jimmy the Greek

    LOL @ Obamabots!!

    Do you REALLY think Obama "persuaded" Medvedev and Putin to give us access to Russian roads without a price???

    You people mirror your messiah.... tools all of you, incapable of independent thought.

    July 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Georgio

    What can this President ever do to please his detractors?. Before going to Moscow all I heard from talking heads..that he must show strength, he is going to another apology tour, he is going to compromise the proposed missile to Eastern europe, he is doing too much......I wish people who are underestimating this President can give him credit ones in awhile!. Stay tune for the Health care debate..you will hear the same pundits saying this bill will not pass with Public option in it...when it passes the same group will move 'the goal post again!

    July 6, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Everyone knows Putin is in charge in Russia.

    Putin is ex-KGB. I don't care what any of you Obama worshippers say or think – the Prez gave up beaucoup to get this "deal" done. Exactly what he gave is up for conjecture – but I believe Jon in CA is on the right track. He thinks Poland... I firmly believe it's The Ukraine.

    Hope you like bad music, Democrats... Putin just played Obama like a cheap fiddle.

    July 6, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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