Medvedev Expected to Meet Obama in April

President Dmitry Medvedev is likely to meet new U.S. President Barack Obama in April to try to relaunch ties that were strained by differences under Washington's previous administration, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Lavrov said he expected Medvedev and Obama to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of a G20 summit planned for April 2 in London.

Lavrov said a tentative agreement on the meeting was reached Monday when the two leaders spoke by telephone for the first time since Obama took office on Jan. 20. The White House has not confirmed any plans for a meeting.

"Both sides ... confirmed their desire for a relaunching of U.S.-Russian relations and that efforts should be concentrated on the most burning issues on the international agenda," Lavrov told a news conference. "The presidents underlined the importance of overcoming the differences which remain between our countries on a whole range of issues. They will both be in London, and I am sure they will find an opportunity for a direct dialogue."

Lavrov said he had a separate phone discussion with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during which they agreed to hold their own talks before the Obama-Medvedev meeting.