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Russia has hopes of better relations with US

The presidential administration of Russia has confidence in President-elect Barack Obama for a better future between them and the United States.

The NY Times reported that President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia said Saturday he hopes Obama can improves relations that President Bush has compromised in recent years.

Medvedev, who was in Washington Saturday for the first time since last spring, went over once again Russia’s disagreement to the expansion of NATO and stated that Russia would not change its recognition of two separatist regions in Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, after the war in August.

Medvedev reiterated his threat initially made on Nov. 5 to deploy missiles in Kaliningrad if the United States continued with plans to build missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. He also said he is willing to discuss this issue.

“There is no trust in the Russia-U.S. relations, the trust we need,? Medvedev said to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington after attending the summit meeting on the current financial situation Saturday that included the leaders of 20 countries. “Therefore we have great aspirations for the new administration.?

Obama has shown more support for missile defenses than President Bush, explaining that his system would be a proven system instead of proceeding with the construction of radars and other facilities while testing continues. Reversing the program now, however, after agreements had been discussed with Poland and the Czech Republic, both NATO allies, may be portrayed backing down to Russian threats.

Medvedev expressed hope that he and Mr. Obama would meet soon after Inauguration Day.