Obama: America Needs a Strong, Peaceful & Prosperous Russia
Obama: US, Russia Not Destined to Be Enemies MOSCOW -- President Barack Obama, working to drastically reshape US relations with Russia, said Tuesday the two countries are not "destined to be antagonists." The US and Russia have plenty of significant differences, but Obama suggested one of the biggest problems is fixable: deeply rooted and harmful assumptions from another era. Obama said a genuine resetting of relations between the countries must go beyond the governments and include a partnership between peoples. "There is the 20th century view that the United States and Russia are destined to be antagonists, and that a strong Russia or a strong America can only assert themselves in opposition to one another," Obama said. He dismissed that as inaccurate. "The pursuit of power is no longer a zero-sum game," Obama said, speaking in the Russian capital to graduates of the New Economic School but also hoping to reach the whole nation. "Progress must be shared." Obama used his speech to further define his view of the United States' place in the world and, specifically, to argue that his country shares compelling interests with Russia. "Let me be clear: America wants a strong, peaceful and prosperous Russia," he declared. His upbeat comments at the New Economic School came on the second day of his summit in Russia, where polls show people are wary of the United States and taking a skeptical measure of Obama himself. Earlier Tuesday, Obama held private breakfast talks with Prime <b>...</b>
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