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US: Obama, Medvedev speak about upcoming summit

Thu Jul 2 06:19:35 EST 2009

US President BARACK OBAMA and Russian President DMITRY MEDVEDEV have discussed by phone issues set to dominate their upcoming summit.

The White House says the two leaders spoke about reaching a deal on cutting nuclear arms stocks when OBAMA visits Moscow from next Monday.

OBAMA is set to talk with MEDVEDEV and Russian Prime Minister VLADIMIR PUTIN .. with MEDVEDEV having hailed OBAMA as his new comrade after they met recently in London.

Relations between the two former Cold War foes deteriorated under the presidency of GEORGE W BUSH amid disputes over the proposed US missile defence shield and the Russia-Georgia war last year.