Entries in Russia (5)
While meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev today, President Obama unwittingly intimated a secret foreign policy agenda, not realizing that his mic was hot.
President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.
President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…
President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.
Much speculation has emerged by political pundits about just what the President was talking about. Regardless of that speculation, one thing is clear...Mr. Obama plans to do something that he doesn't want the public to know about prior to November's election.
The once powerful and dominant American dollar slips further into obscurity as China and Russia have announced that both countries will begin to use their own respective currencies in lieu of the dollar for bilateral trade.
"About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies," Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.
The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.
Undoubtedly, the Obama administration's repeated refusal to heed the warnings of world leaders regarding our soaring debt and the recent decision to begin monetizing it, plays in this decision.
Despite UN sanctions, Russia will fuel Iran's reactor on August 21.
Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov said Friday that uranium fuel shipped by Russia will be loaded into the Bushehr reactor on Aug. 21, beginning the startup process. "From that moment the Bushehr plant will be officially considered a nuclear-energy installation," he told The Associated Press.
Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov said Friday that uranium fuel shipped by Russia will be loaded into the Bushehr reactor on Aug. 21, beginning the startup process.
"From that moment the Bushehr plant will be officially considered a nuclear-energy installation," he told The Associated Press.
Many believe Russia's open defiance is emboldened by Obama's weak foreign policy.
In the distance, you can hear the faint laughter of Vladimir Putin
A Gaffe of Presidential Proportions... So to Speak
In an evenmore humorous turn of events... President Obama had
In an evenmore humorous turn of events... President Obama hada monumental slip-up of sorts, mistakenly mentioning Vladimir Putin as the actual President of Russia.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - In a slip of the tongue, U.S. President Barack Obama described Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday as president, echoing the widely held view that he remains Russia's most powerful man.
Putin surrendered the presidency to protege Dmitry Medvedev last May to take the lesser post of prime minister, but most political analysts say Putin remains Russia's ultimate decision maker.
The dual leadership has left foreign leaders to walk a difficult diplomatic tightrope. In line with protocol Obama met Medvedev ahead of talks with the lower ranking Putin.
At a news conference Obama gave a carefully worded reply about the effectiveness of the leadership tandem when a U.S. journalist bluntly asked "who is really in charge here in Russia?"
But minutes later, speaking about Medvedev's objections to a controversial missile defense system planned for central Europe, Obama slipped:
"I suspect when I speak to President..eh.. Prime Minister Putin tomorrow, he will say the same thing."
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