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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Russia bitch-slaps Obama again

The Russians dismissed as 'unacceptable' on Tuesday an attempt by the Obama administration to link bilateral nuclear arms reductions to the implementation of sanctions against Iran.
"We believe that such a linkage is totally baseless. No trading is acceptable on these two issues, which are so different in substance and in format," the unnamed official told the Interfax news agency.

Russia will not tighten sanctions against Iran in exchange for a new nuclear weapons deal with the United States that would replace the expiring Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), he said.

"We see no reason to link these issues, let alone to expect that Russia would agree to toughen sanctions against Iran ... in the talks with the United States on further reductions of strategic offensive weapons," the official said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama signed a framework document in Moscow on July 6 on further reduction of strategic offensive arms.

The document stated that each country plans to cut nuclear warheads to about 1,500 "within seven years."
What could go wrong?

5 Comments:

At 2:59 PM, Blogger kranky said...

Obama was trying to horse-trade something he was trying to horse-trade with Israel. He attempted to get Israel to accede to his demands vis a vis the 'palis' by bargining dealing with Iran with Netanyahu. Now he is trying to offer the Russians no missle shield in Europe in exchange for them dealing with Iran.

Quoting someone else, OMYGODWHATHAVEWEDONE

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Russians see Obama as someone who wants a favor done for him because he thinks he's a nice guy. They are giving him a lesson in the realities of a dangerous world in which nice guys don't last for long.

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Alex said...

wait for the Chinese surprize

 
At 2:26 AM, Blogger Jack said...

He's simply inexperienced. Putin put him on a Ritz cracker.

Oh how I wish I could get Obama, Emmanuel or Axelrod on the ignorant end of a conference table with their money at stake.

Obama is a lightweight but the American people voted for this and now they have this.

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger Ben-Yehudah said...

Cute title. :-}

Highly appropriate, too.

 

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