Presidents Barack Obama and Dimitry Medvedev have been “re-setting” relations in a burger bar and even shared a portion of chips as they sought to demonstrate a new era of understanding between the US and Russia.
Also on the menu though were key issues such as Russia’s bid to join the World Trade Organisation. The main sticking point for the US is over safeguarding intellectual property rights.
“There are a few technical details to settle for Russia to join the WTO, our experts have been charged with resolving them as soon as possible, and we hope thet this work – and we’ve agreed on that with Mr.Obama – will be finished before the end of September,” said Medvedev.
After the conference, the pair were due to meet industry chiefs.
“President Medvedev and I will join American and Russian business leaders as they move forward with serious and major trade and investment deals,” explained Obama. “They will create jobs for Americans and Russians across many sectors, from aerospace and automotive engineering to the financial sector and high technology.”
On his way to Washington, Medvedev visited California’s Silicon Valley where he signed up to Twitter.
He is keen to see Russia develop in this field and to that end met industry leaders to pitch his country as a swiftly expanding economy where investors are welcome.