Obama unfreezes nuclear cooperation deal with Russia

May 11, 2010 06:37


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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama planned to resubmit to Congress on Tuesday a nuclear power pact with Russia that his predecessor angrily canceled two years ago after Russia  invaded neighboring Georgia.

The move is another sign of warming relations between the US and Russia, which have previously clashed over NATO expansion plans and Moscow's claim of a zone of "privileged interest" along its borders.The White House released a letter from Obama to Congress late Monday saying that the situation in Georgia "need no longer be considered an obstacle" to the agreement.

Obama noted that Russia currently is cooperating with the US in pushing for new sanctions against Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

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