Obama says US is reassessing relationship with Russia

By REUTERS
August 9, 2013 23:17

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama said on Friday that the United States must reassess its relationship with Russia after the country has taken a series of actions that contradict US interests.

"Frankly, on a whole range of issues where we think we can make some progress Russia has not moved," Obama said at a news conference in the White House, acknowledging tension between the two countries.

Obama said that he does not have a "bad personal relationship" with Russian President Vladimir Putin, although he said US-Russian relations have slowed since Putin succeeded Dmitry Medvedev.

"I think there's always been some tension in the US-Russian relationship after the fall of the Soviet Union," he said.

The president recently canceled a Moscow visit with Putin around the time of the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg this fall. Obama will still attend the G-20 meeting.


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