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CIS:Russia hopes to close 'difficult pages' in US ties: Medvedev

Mon Jul 6 22:31:16 EST 2009

MOSCOW, July 6 AFP - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told visiting US President Barack Obama on Monday he hoped that their summit would close difficult pages in US-Russian relations.

"We hope that as a result of today's work, tomorrow's work and all our bilateral discussions we will close the difficult pages in the history of US-Russian relations and open a new page," Medvedev told Obama at the start of their talks in the Kremlin.

The US president earlier arrived in his first visit as president to Russia on Monday for a two-day summit aimed at agreeing a roadmap to nuclear arms cuts and reviving a relationship troubled by a string of crises.

Obama said: "If we work hard during these next few days then we will make extraordinary progress that will benefit the people of both countries."