December 18th, 2009
01:59 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: U.S., Russia 'quite close' to forging new START treaty

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CNN) - President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia are "quite close" to forging a new nuclear disarmament treaty in a "timely fashion."

Obama met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in a side meeting at the climate change summit here Friday, and the two made brief public comments. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expired earlier this month, and both countries were working to develop a new pact.

"Obviously our main concern in coming to Copenhagen was to try to move forward with an accord on the issue of climate change. But on the margins of this meeting we thought it was important to continue to build on the excellent relationship that our two governments have developed over the last several months," Obama said.

"Our main focus today was the START treaty - the new START treaty that we have been negotiating. We've been making excellent progress. We are quite close to an agreement. And, I'm confident that it will be completed in a timely fashion. And I just want to thank President Medvedev for being a very effective partner in these negotiations. "

Medvedev, noting that the priority in Copenhagen was the climate summit,
said it would have been "unreasonable" not to take the opportunity to discuss
the START negotiations.

"Our positions are very close and almost all the issues that we've been
discussing for the last month are almost closed. And there are certain
technical details which we can encounter (in) many agreements which require
further work. I hope that we will be able to do it in a quite brief period of
time. The outcome of our efforts will reflect good and close spirit of our
relationship that we have established with the new U.S. administration,"
Medvedev said.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. John Pechorin

    Well Done Mr. Obama!
    Both our country and the Russian Federation still possess far too many nuclear assets for the current security climate. Continuing START helps us reduce costs on our side in terms of security and maintenance and reduce risk on the Russian side. I also applaud the thaw in US-Russian relations.

    December 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. seebofubar

    I hope Michelle does the bartering when the Odombo's buy a ner car. If he does the bargaining they'll spent $100,000.00 on a used Yugo. What an embarasment to our great country this looser is.

    December 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Darko

    Someone tell Obama that you can't disarm technololgy. Get rid of every nuke on the planet and the threat will still be there.

    December 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Darko

    People are afraid of the capitalist taking over the world, yet they have absolutely no problem with a 'World Climate Authority' that can basically do the same thing.

    The UN is effective, the UN is effective, the UN is effective...c'mon folks, keep saying it and it might come true!

    December 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    "Obama is a liar, a crook, not too bright and a traitorous and treasonous person."

    Hello? Is there really a CNN moderator, or are posts approved or deleted randomly? And if someone actually approved this, may I ask why? What purpose does this violently hateful rhetoric serve, other than to poison the discourse? Many people on here, Left, Independent and Right, are seriously and respectfully voicing their thoughts and concerns. And when I say "respectfully" I mean not just to the subjects of the articles, but to their fellow posters and the forum itself. This kind of stupidity (whether about Obama or Palin) just makes one want to stop reading.

    December 18, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. James in SoCal

    It never ceases to amaze how all the Bush apologists can be so critical of a president who has done more in 10 months to reform this country than Bush and his GOP cronies did in 8 years to bring it to its knees. And to think that these are probably the same people who'd rather have more of the same than to see this country improve. Typical self-serving, narrow minded Republican nonsense. Carry on with yourselves, you are becoming a party that is extinguishing itself. The less we have to deal with you the better.

    December 18, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. tpbco

    And in the background....PUTIN laughs.

    "Diplomacy is the art of saying NICE DOGGY, while looking for a rock".

    -Will Rodgers

    December 18, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Carmelle

    L.V., I think I love you 🙂

    That was pretty funny, and I support. LOL!

    December 18, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Bill

    Don't be such a tattler, Chloe, or you'll have to stay in at recess.

    December 18, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Tina

    At this point in my life and too many appearances and photo ops - I don't believe this guy anymore. He is just like the previous administration. Even worst.

    December 18, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. mark

    Bowing down to Russia just like to the Japanese emperor obama...

    December 18, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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