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2009 U.S.-Russia Summit: Obama in Moscow


Mikhail Metzel / AP
A woman in Moscow on Friday pushing a symbolic "reset button" for U.S.-Russian relations as she stands between life-size cardboard cutouts of President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama.

FROM THE OPINION PAGE

Obama Should Walk in the Woods With Putin
03 July 2009
Andrew C. KuchinsObama must operate under the assumption that on any issue of importance to him — from nuclear arms reductions to Afghanistan to Iran — the ultimate arbiter for Russian policy is Putin.

The Missile Defense Silver Bullet
01 July 2009
By Dmitry TreninOne possible breakthrough in the U.S.-Russian summit could be an agreement on the parameters of a new treaty on strategic nuclear weapons, but there is a nasty snag that may hold up an agreement — missile defense.

Fyodor Lukyanov: Navigating Together in Dangerous Conditions
01 July 2009
Moscow does not feel that it needs to make any basic changes to its position, but it is ready to respond far more positively to constructive signals or proposals from Washington than before.

Obama Will Make Russia a Priority
30 June 2009
By Mikhail MargelovIt is unreasonable to expect an instantaneous improvement in relations between the United States and Russia, but the first meeting between Presidents Obama and Medvedev left their London meeting on April 1 with favorable impressions and the U.S. president has declared explicitly that he is traveling to Moscow to "reset" relations with Russia.

Youth in the Kremlin, Gerontocracy in the U.S.
30 June 2009
By Gilbert DoctorowThe underlying factors driving the sharply reduced expectations lie in the asymmetry of U.S. and Russian visions of the new world order and their respective abilities to marshal hard power and soft power in the service of these objectives.

Spinning Russia and Telenor
24 June 2009
By William DunkerlyWhat can Russia possibly do to change the United States' negative views of the country? Is simply putting a better spin on things really going to change anyone's mind about anything?

A Possible Trap Awaits Obama in Moscow
22 June 2009
By Lilia ShevtsovaState visits don't usually influence world politics. But the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Moscow on July 6 to 8 might become an exception.

Gates' Pre-Summit Ploy
16 June 2009
By Alexander GoltsWith three weeks remaining before the U.S.-Russia summit, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates dropped a diplomatic bombshell.

Finished From the START
11 June 2009
By Michael BohmThree weeks before the U.S.-Russia summit in Moscow, it appears that the two sides won't be able to agree on vital negotiating positions on a new nuclear arms control agreement to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expires Dec. 5.
OBAMA'S ITINERARY

Monday, July 6

  • U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrive in Moscow in the morning.
  • Obama holds private and working meetings with President Dmitry Medvedev. 
  • Obama holds a news conference in the afternoon. 
  • Obama and his wife have dinner with Medvedev and his wife, Svetlana, in the evening.
Tuesday, July 7
  • Obama has breakfast with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
  • Obama meets with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • Obama delivers a commencement speech at the New Economic School.
  • Obama and Medvedev attend a business conference organized by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the American Chamber of Commerce.
  • Obama attends a series of meetings with nongovernmental organizations, media representatives and opposition politicians.
Wednesday, July 8
  • Obama leaves for Rome in the morning and then heads to L’Aquila, Italy, for a July 8-10 Group of Eight summit, which Medvedev will also attend.

NEWS ON THE SUMMIT


Obama to Press Kremlin on Energy
03 July 2009
By Anna Malpas and Anatoly Medetsky / The Moscow TimesU.S. President Barack Obama will press Russia to drop its “zero-sum” attitude on alternative energy supplies out of the former Soviet Union and offer cooperation in preventing climate change through better energy technology during a visit to Moscow next week, U.S. officials said.

Russia to Allow U.S. Arms Shipments to Afghanistan
03 July 2009
The Associated PressRussia will allow the United States to ship weapons across its territory to Afghanistan, a top Kremlin aide said Friday in a gesture aimed at bolstering U.S. military operations and improving strained ties between Washington and Moscow.

Obama to Visit Half Cenury After Famed Fair
03 July 2009
By Nadia Popova / The Moscow TimesRussia and the United States will celebrate the anniversary next week of the first “capitalist food product” to appear in the Soviet Union, 50 years after leader Nikita Khrushchev famously quaffed a cup of Pepsi at the American National Exhibition in Moscow.

Putin Responds to Obama's Criticism
03 July 2009
Combined ReportsPrime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama is wrong to suggest that he remains partially mired in a Cold War mindset.

Media Try to Dig Up Links Between Obama and Russia
03 July 2009
The Moscow TimesU.S. President Barack Obama enjoys at least two ties to Russia: a love for Pushkin and a cousin who studied in Moscow. Maybe.

Rusnano Pushes for U.S. Tax Breaks
02 July 2009
By Nadia Popova / The Moscow TimesRusnano, the state nanotechnology giant, hopes to press President Barack Obama for tax breaks for Russian technology as it wraps up plans to create a $1 billion venture fund with U.S. companies to invest in Russia.

Obama's Chance to Act on 2005 Impressions
02 July 2009
By Nabi Abdullaev and Alexander Rose / The Moscow TimesOn his first trip to Russia four years ago, Barack Obama, a junior Democratic senator from Illinois, was detained for several hours at the Perm airport after a U.S. delegation that he was with refused to allow local border guards check their airplane.

Obama Will Speak at School Graduation
29 June 2009
By Anna Malpas / The Moscow TimesU.S. President Barack Obama will make a commencement speech to 1,000 guests at the New Economic School and hold talks with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, officials said, as details emerged of Obama's much-anticipated visit to Moscow on July 6 to 8.

General Surprises U.S. by Pledging Deal
29 June 2009
Combined ReportsA top general has surprised the U.S. military by announcing that Russia and the United States would sign a military cooperation deal when U.S. President Barack Obama visits Moscow next month.

Medvedev Offers to Cut Nukes
22 June 2009
By Oleg Shchedrov / ReutersRussia is ready to drastically cut its nuclear stockpiles in a new arms pact with the United States if Washington meets Moscow's concerns over missile defense, President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.

Moscow Praises U.S. Arms Talk
19 June 2009
Combined ReportsThe Foreign Ministry said Thursday that talks with the United States on reducing vast arsenals of Cold War nuclear weapons were proceeding constructively ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Moscow next month.

Putin Slams Obama Tax Proposal
16 June 2009
The Moscow TimesPrime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on U.S. companies' foreign operations, saying it would amount to double taxation that will hurt the global economy.

Lawmakers Say Obama Resembles Putin
15 June 2009
The Associated PressSome U.S. lawmakers are complaining that the United States is beginning to look like Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's Russia under the leadership of President Barack Obama.

Moscow Rejects U.S. Missile Shield Offer
15 June 2009
ReutersThe Foreign Ministry has spurned an offer from the United States to participate closely in its planned European anti-missile system, instead urging Washington to drop its proposals and start afresh.

U.S. Warns of WTO Complications
15 June 2009
ReutersRussia's accession to the World Trade Organization probably will be complicated by Moscow's announcement last week that it will only join the trade body in concert with Belarus and Kazakhstan, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative said.

U.S. Official Says Russia Wary of Growing Iran Threat
10 June 2009
The Associated PressProspects for a U.S.-Russian partnership on a missile defense system have improved slightly as Moscow grows increasingly concerned about Iran, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.





















The Summit Schedule

Monday, July 6

  • U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrive in Moscow in the morning.
  • Obama holds private and working meetings with President Dmitry Medvedev. 
  • Obama holds a news conference in the afternoon. 
  • Obama and his wife have dinner with Medvedev and his wife, Svetlana, in the evening.
 
    

Tuesday, July 7
  • Obama has breakfast with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
  • Obama meets with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • Obama delivers a commencement speech at the New Economic School.
  • Obama and Medvedev attend a business conference organized by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the American Chamber of Commerce.
  • Obama attends a series of meetings with nongovernmental organizations, media representatives and opposition politicians.

Wednesday, July 8
  • Obama leaves for Rome in the morning and then heads to L’Aquila, Italy, for a July 8-10 Group of Eight summit, which Medvedev will also attend.