Despite pushing the reset button for two days with Russia, US President Barack Obama is leaving Moscow with few assurances of the Kremlin’s help in solving key issues central to his foreign policy agenda.
While agreeing on nuclear policy and co-operation over Afghanistan, differences remain over US plans for a missile shield in eastern Europe, as well as policy on Georgia and Iran. Obama praised the Russian leadership during a speech at Moscow’s New Economic School: “We have to promote transparency, accountability and the rule of law on which investments and economic growth depend, so I welcome very much President Medvedev’s initiatives to promote the rule of law and a mature and effective legal system as a condition for sustained economic growth,” he said. Obama also held a private meeting with the leaders of Russia’s political opposition, including former chess champion Gary Kasparov. The US President is travelling on to the G8 summit in Italy this morning.