Saturday, July 4, 2009

Obama set for week-long foreign jaunt

President Barack Obama is ready to leave for a trip to Russia, among other countries, where he is expected to talk with Russian leaders, Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, about arms control, climate change and other issues.

Prior to taking office, Russia and the U.S. appeared on a path to a new cold war with tensions heating up over a planned U.S. "defense shield" in Eastern Europe, and a Russian military intervention in Georgia. However, things appear to have cooled off with the advent of the Obama administration.

The U.S. president will also take part in a G-8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, and will meet separately with Pope Benedict XVI. He will also visit Ghana in his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa since coming to office.

Russia Presents Test for Obama

Washington Post - Michael A. Fletcher, Philip P. Pan - ‎3 hours ago‎
President Obama is scheduled to leave Washington tonight on a week-long trip that will help determine whether his ...

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