Obama Urges Partnership With Russia, But Also Issues Challenges
Archived Articles 07 Jul 2009  EWR
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(RFE/RL) -- In a major foreign-policy speech on the second day of his visit to Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia can put aside their past roles as adversaries and cooperate on common interests like stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.

But Obama also issued challenges to Russia, saying states should respect international borders, citizens’ rights, and the rule of law.

Obama, in a speech to graduating students from Moscow’s New Economic School, said it was necessary to jettison old ways of thinking that the two powers were destined to be adversaries.

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