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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Obama Talks of 'Core Disagreements'

STRASBOURG, France -- The United States must seek closer ties with Russia, but "core disagreements" remain on some issues, President Barack Obama said Friday.

"We have to send a very clear message to Russia that we want to work with them, but we can't go back to the old ways of doing business," he told a joint news conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Obama said some differences remained with Russia despite talks in London on Wednesday with President Dmitry Medvedev at which they agreed to seek a deal on cutting their nuclear arsenals. "It is important for NATO allies to engage Russia and to recognize that they have legitimate interests. In some case, we have common interests, but we also have some core disagreements," he said, without giving details.

"I think we should be in a dialogue with them about how we can maintain stability while respecting the autonomy and independence of all countries in Europe -- west, east, central, wherever they are."