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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Talbott's Russia Vision

WASHINGTON () -- Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Strobe Talbott said Tuesday Russia and the United States should abandon lingering Cold War fears about each other, saying it could undermine future cooperation.


In a speech Tuesday to the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in New York City, the top U.S. policymaker on Russia laid out an updated vision of Washington-Moscow ties.


Talbott is expected to receive another key appointment -- he is most often mentioned as the next National Security adviser -- if President Bill Clinton, his old friend, is re-elected over Republican Bob Dole, as many predict.


While Russia over the past five years had moved in the right direction from communism and totalitarianism toward a free market democracy, "there is still plenty of suspense about what will happen in the next act and the one after that," Talbott said.


"It will take time, it will take patience and persistence on their part -- and on ours" for a decades-old Russian political culture to change, he said.