Russia 'ready' for better
relations with Obama: Medvedev
Nov 7 (DPA) President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday Russia
was ready for better relations with US president-elect Barack
Obama, one day after a speech that seemed to be a direct challenge
to the next US leader.
comments came after Medvedev said in his first-state-of-the-nation
that he would deploy Iskander missiles in Russia's European
enclave of Kaliningrad to "neutralize" US missile
hope that the new president of the United States will be a
successful president, who will be capable of building the
correct image for his country in both internal and foreign
affairs," Medvedev told a news conference Thursday. "A
president who can build a strong base in relations between
Russia and the United States."
is ready for this," he added.
was also not mentioned by name in Wednesday's speech with
Medvedev only sending curt official congratulations by telegram
after the confrontational address and long after US elections
results were called.
seemed to indicate that Russia would play hardball with the
added that Russia's navy and an electronic-jamming radar would
also supplement the missile installations in countering the
planned US missile elements to be set up in Poland and the
also blamed the US for spreading the global financial crisis
and for provoking Russia's recent war with US-ally Georgia.