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Obama Win Possibly Good for Russia?

During a speech in Washington on Saturday, Russia's President, Dmitri Medvedev, said that he is very hopeful that the relationship between the United States and Russia will be rebuilt with the election of future U.S. President, Barack Obama.

The current relationship between the two countries has been strained because of what Medvedev blames current U.S. President George Bush for. Medvedev said that there is a lack of mutual trust.

According to the BBC News article, Medvedev plans to meet with Obama shortly after he takes his place in office in January. The article also says that Medvedev indicated that Russia might accept a compromise over a planned US missile shield in Europe.

According to the New York Times article, Medvedev repeated his threat, first made the day after Mr. Obama was elected, to deploy missiles in Kaliningrad if the United States moved ahead with plans to build missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. However, he still is willing to listen to what others have to say on the situation.

The two articles are both solid background articles with quotes to further their points. One key thing I noticed however, is that the BBC News article misspelled Medvedev's name. This is a huge problem and automatically mad me think less of the article from the beginning. It was the first thing I saw and put a dark cloud over the rest of the article because we learned in this class that getting your facts correct is the number one priority.