Vice President Joe Biden will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this weekend in Munich and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will travel to Moscow next month to try to kick-start a new round of U.S.-Russia nuclear reduction negotiations, The Cable has learned.
It was four years ago at the Munich Security Conference that Biden first spoke about the Obama administration's desire to "reset" U.S.-Russian relations after years of deterioration during the George W. Bush administration. Now, at the beginning of Obama's second term, Biden and Donilon are leading the charge to reinvigorate that reset, following a series of setbacks in the U.S.-Russia relationship that has included President Vladimir Putin accusing the United States of meddling in Russian politics, anger over a new U.S. law to sanction Russian human rights violators, and a new Russian ban on Americans adopting Russian orphans.
At their meeting last March on the sidelines of the
Nuclear Security Summit in South Korea, President Barack Obama was caught
on a hot mic telling then President Dmitry Medvedev that after the November
2012 election he would have more "flexibility," a comment many interpreted to
mean Obama would be able to sidestep potential political opposition to changes
he wanted to make to America's nuclear posture and missile defense plans. Read more via Foreign Policy...