It didn’t take long after Obama’s reelection for Russia’s leaders to announce that they’re looking forward to the new, more flexible, second term president.
Russia expects Barack Obama to show more flexibility in a dispute over U.S. missile defense plans in Europe following his re-election as president, a top official said Thursday.
The controversy over the planned missile shield has strained the relations between the U.S. and Russia. Moscow has rejected Washington’s assurances that the shield is intended to fend off potential missile threats from Iran and voiced concerns that the system could threaten Russia’s nuclear deterrent.
Oh, and Vladimir Putin is just thrilled that Obama will remain in the Oval Office.
The Kremlin greeted Obama’s re-election enthusiastically – in stark contrast to Obama’s conspicuous slowness to offer Vladimir Putin lukewarm congratulations on winning a third presidential term in March, after a campaign filled with anti-U.S. rhetoric. Putin wrote Obama a telegram expressing hope that the two countries’ relations would improve further and inviting Obama to visit Russia next year.
Referring to comments that Republican challenger Mitt Romney had made during the campaign, Medvedev said he was “happy that the man who considers Russia (its) No. 1 geopolitical foe won’t be the president of this very large and important country.”
Oh well, the voters didn’t really care about any of this. We’re now just another large country, no different than Russia or China or any other large country.