Monday, July 6, 2009
Obama On The Moskva
President Obama is on a trip to Moscow to try to thaw relations between the United States and Russia.
It's hoped that both nations will agree to further reduce their nuclear arsenals. It's also expected that Iran will be high on the list of items to be discussed. Russia was one of only two nations, China being the other, to congratulated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his "re-election" as president of Iran. Russia is also selling nuclear technology to Iran, ostensibly for peaceful uses. But the United States is clearly concerned about Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions.
Opposition figures in Russia are hoping Obama will meet with them but that seems unlikely at best. They've been isolated with little or no access to the news media during the U.S. president's visit.
One sticking point will likely be the Republic of Georgia. The United States sent military assets into the region when Russia invaded last year and there's speculation that another Russian confrontation with Georgia is in the offing.