Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Russia Says No Deal On Obama Secret Plan; "Haggling" Over Iran's Nukes Not "Productive"

Yesterday we learned that President Obama surrendered to Russia via a secret letter sent to Russian President Medvedev. Obama said he would cancel plans to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe.

Obama is seeking Russia's cooperation with his tail-between-his-legs diplomatic charm offensive in Iran.

From Novosti, A Russion News Service;

MOSCOW, March 2 (RIA Novosti) - Washington has told Moscow that Russian help in resolving Iran's nuclear program would make its missile shield plans for Europe unnecessary, a Russian daily said on Monday, citing White House sources.

U.S. President Barack Obama made the proposal on Iran in a letter to his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, Kommersant said, referring to unidentified U.S. officials.

Well, it turns out, Medvedev says "no deal" to the proposal.

The Earth Times reports:

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev on Tuesday showed willingness to discuss the US-planned missile defence system opposed by Moscow, but without "haggling" linking it to Iran. Medvedev was commenting during a visit to Spain on an alleged offer by US President Barack Obama to halt the defence system if Iran could be convinced to give up nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The New York Times earlier reported that Obama had sent a secret letter to Medvedev.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Madrid, Medvedev welcomed the "positive signals" coming from the Obama administration with which he hoped to reach "agreements."

"Haggling," however, was not "productive," Medvedev said.

If the Obama administration showed "common sense" in proposing a "common shield against all types of threats" and reconsidered its plans of a missile defence system which could target Russia, Moscow would be prepared to negotiate, Medvedev said.

I wonder when Team Obama will realize that Iran, Russia, Hamas et al are simply "toying" with this Administration.


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