Biden in Russia to keep up New START momentum

March 8, 2011 18:36

MOSCOW - US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Russia on Tuesday to build on two years of improving ties capped by the New START nuclear arms reduction pact's entry into force last month as elections in both nations draw closer.

The White House and Russia also want progress toward turning decades of disputes over missile defense into cooperation.

Biden's visit will be colored by turbulence in the Arab world, a potential source of friction which both sides said will be discussed. As Obama weighed potential military options on Monday for Libya, Russia stressed it opposes such intervention.

Biden is to meet President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday and on Thursday he meets Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, president from 2000-2008 and senior partner in Russia's ruling "tandem".

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