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White House: "reset" of the relations with Russia doesn’t mean renunciation of support for Georgia2009-07-02 12:50
At the series of meetings in Moscow the purpose of the USA is establishment of new type of relations with Russia, said Michael McFaul, the special assistant to the U.S. President and senior director for Russian affairs on the National Security Council staff.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He said that the main purpose of the USA is not to weaken Russia's positions, and assured that the American position is not a game with zero result. McFaul said the USA really wants to "reset" relations with Russia, draw them to a new level, and Barack Obama stated it clearly - Interfax.
Speaking on the possible granting NATO membership to Georgia and Ukraine, he said Washington remains committed to the principle of NATO's open door policy. "We are not in any way, in the name of the reset [of relations with Russia], abandoning our very close relationships with these two democracies, Ukraine and Georgia," McFaul stated.
He also reported that one of the most important topics of the negotiations in Moscow will be the discussion of a new agreement aimed to replace the current one on strategic offensive arms, expiring in December 2009. Barack Obama to visit Russia on July 6th - 8th ; on July 1st Obama and Dmitri Medvedev, the President of Russia, discussed the agenda over the phone.