Monday, July 6, 2009
Obama, Medvedev Agree To Cut Nuclear Arsenals
Obama and Medvedev sign nuclear reduction documents
Don't worry. When all is said and done the United States and Russia will still have enough in their nuclear arsenals to kill each other off.
Still, today's agreement to cut their respective supplies of nuclear weapons is a step in the right direction.
U.S. Pres. Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev have agreed to cut the number of nuclear warheads they have pointing at one another to "only" 1,500. Although Obama, in an interview with a Russian newspaper insists the U.S. isn't aiming at Russia. Iran, he said, is the nation that's in the cross hairs of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The newspaper the president chose to give the interview to is an opposition paper in Russia. That should come as good news to government opponents there who had expressed concern that they would be ignored by Obama during his visit.
It was just one announcement during Obama's inaugural trip to Russia as president. The Russians say they will permit the U.S. to resupply their troops fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan by flying through its airspace.
Obama meets with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tomorrow where it may not be all smiles for the cameras. Their public relationship has been frosty. This meeting will be far more significant than today's with Medvedev because, although he is prime minister and no longer president, the real power in Russia continues to rest with Putin.