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PostSubject: Obama in Moscow for nuclear talks   Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:35 am

US President Barack Obama is holding talks in
Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, focusing on
further reducing nuclear stockpiles.

Officials on both sides were quoted as saying a document had been agreed, though Russia said it was not final.
Both men say they want deep cuts to their current levels of 6,000 nuclear warheads each.
In addition, Russia has been pressing Mr Obama to scrap a US plan for a missile defence shield in Europe.

Afghanistan and Iran are also on the agenda.

The presidential Air Force One plane carrying Mr and Mrs Obama landed at Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday morning. Ahead
of Tuesday's talks with Russian Prime Minister and former President
Vladimir Putin, Mr Obama said he was confident the discussions could
offer "extraordinary progress" on several fronts.
"On a whole
host of issues - including security issues, economic issues, energy
issues, environmental issues - the United States and Russia have more
in common than they have differences," he said. Many analysts say Mr Putin is still in the driving seat in the Russian government.
Both sides have made clear their desire to improve, or "reset", relations between Washington and Moscow.
But
BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus, who is in Moscow, says
that is not going to be easy given the different perceptions of their
national interests the two sides bring to the table.
Under the
previous Bush Administration, relations between Washington and Moscow
were almost as bad as during the Cold War, so there is ample
opportunity for improvement, he adds.
The two countries have
very different hopes for the summit's outcome, he explains, with the US
hoping it will provide the basis for a much more substantial diplomatic
relationship in the future.
The Russian leadership, meanwhile, sees this summit as a way of presenting itself as the equal of the US, he says. 'Difficult situation'Mr Obama travelled with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters.

He is due to begin his visit by laying a wreath at the Grave of an
Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall, before talks with Mr Medvedev.
The
Russian president said in an interview for Italian media released on
Sunday that US missile shield plans for Europe put a "very prominent
nuclear country like Russia... in a difficult situation". Arms control will top the agenda of the summit. The Soviet-era Start I accord expires in December.
The
White House co-ordinator for weapons of mass destruction, Gary Samore,
ruled out any final agreement on renewing Start being reached this
week, but he did see an "announcement" being made.
"I think you will see an announcement that indicates some progress toward reaching that objective," he told reporters.
On Afghanistan, the US is confident of obtaining Moscow's approval for flying troops and weapons through Russian airspace. President Obama will also meet Russian journalists and civil society activists. Low-key feelA
University of Maryland opinion poll released on Sunday suggests that
75% of Russians believe the US abuses its greater power and only 2%
have "a lot of confidence" that Mr Obama will do the right thing in
world affairs.

Neither of Russia's main TV news bulletins on Sunday evening led with the impending US visit.
"This
is being played as essentially a low-key visit that shows the American
leadership's respect for the Russian leadership," Dmitry Trenin, head
of the Moscow Carnegie Centre think-tank, told Reuters news agency.
"This is not some star coming to town."
Nonetheless,
correspondents say Mr Obama can expect a smoother reception than he
received on a 2005 visit to Russia when he and other visiting US
Congressmen were detained for three hours at an airport in the Urals
city of Perm.
They were kept in an "uncomfortably stuffy room
adjacent to the tarmac", a US spokesman said, as they resisted Russian
customs officials' demands to search their plane.
Mr Obama later brushed off the incident in his book The Audacity of Hope, saying "It wasn't the Gulag".

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PostSubject: UPDATE:   Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:22 pm

US and Russia agree nuclear cuts


US President Barack Obama and Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev have reached an outline agreement to cut back
their nations' stockpiles of nuclear weapons.



The "joint understanding" signed in Moscow would see reductions of
deployed nuclear warheads to below 1,700 each within seven years of a
new treaty. The accord would replace the 1991 Start I treaty, which expires in December. Mr Obama said the two countries were both "committed to leaving behind the suspicion and the rivalry of the past". 'Frank' discussionsAfter
three hours of talks at the Kremlin on Monday, Mr Obama and Mr Medvedev
publicly signed a joint understanding to negotiate a new arms control
treaty that would set lower levels of both longer-range missiles and
nuclear warheads.










See US and Russian nuclear weapon stockpiles











"Within seven years after this treaty comes into force, and in
future, the limits for strategic delivery systems should be within the
range of 500-1,100 units and for warheads linked to them within the
range of 1,500-1,675 units," it said. Under current disarmament
treaties, each country is allowed a maximum of 2,200 deployed nuclear
warheads and 1,600 so-called delivery vehicles. A White House statement said the new treaty would "include effective verification measures." "The
new agreement will enhance the security of both the US and Russia, as
well as provide predictability and stability in strategic offensive
forces," it said. Afterwards, the Russian leader said the talks
had been "very frank and very sincere", but that they had been,
"without any doubt, the meeting we had been waiting for in Russia and
the United States". Separately, Russia also agreed to allow the
US military to fly troops and weapons across its territory to
Afghanistan, allowing it to avoid using supply routes through Pakistan
that are attacked by militants. "This agreement will enable the
United States to further diversify the crucial transportation routes
used to move troops and critical equipment to resupply international
forces in Afghanistan," the White House said, adding that it would save
the US up to $133m annually.










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PostSubject: Re: Obama in Moscow for nuclear talks   Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:06 pm

All I can think of after reading that article is the "One World Order" theory. Of course, I'm being ridiculous! Maybe it is a good thing that Russia and U.S. are agreeing to cutback on nukes, but I just think that N.K. will love that. Are we setting ourselves up for disaster here? I find it hard to believe that Russia would agree to it, and that Big O would even suggest doing that. Who the heck is going to trust that agreement, and what if the agreement gets broken? I think we should be building more nukes, not less. We're gonna need them when NK let's loose for real. How can we be a super power with less nukes?

Duh....it makes no sense to me.
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