Skip to comments.Kissinger meets with Russians, echoes Obama's line
Posted on 03/20/2009 5:21:32 PM PDT by melt
Reporting from Moscow -- The octogenarian Republican is an improbable go-between to push the diplomatic line of a young Democratic president. But here he was in Moscow on Friday: Henry Kissinger, the architect of Cold War detente with the Soviet Union, meeting informally with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to try to smooth over a new generation of animosities between the two countries.
Kissinger led a team of prominent former U.S. officials in meetings in Moscow this week, acting on their own but echoing the message of cooperation from an Obama administration that has pledged to "reset" relations that have become tense in recent years. And the young Russian president, still regarded by many observers as an apprentice to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, spoke encouragingly of efforts to end the acrimony.
"This surprising term 'reset' will, I hope, reflect the essence of the changes we would like to see," Medvedev said. "We are counting on a reset. We hope it takes place."
The Russian president's relatively passive remarks reflected the prevailing Russian contention that relations have soured because of U.S. belligerence and that the onus is on Washington to soften its behavior.
Kissinger, who also met behind closed doors with Putin, assured reporters that he'd found ample ground for cooperation. "I'm happy to report that the differences were not so remarkable and the agreements were considerable," he said. "We believe in the generally optimistic attitude."
The Nixon-era secretary of State was joined on the trip by other prominent officials from previous administrations, including former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, former Defense Secretary William Perry and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.
The White House said the group had not been sent by President Obama. "They're private citizens and not there at the behest of the White House...
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