Although Russia and the United States approach the July 6 – 8 Moscow summit with significantly different aims that make it unclear, what, if any, groundwork might be established to improve U.S.–Russian relations, both crucially seek constructive dialogue on arms control and nonproliferation.
Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Lilia Shevtsova, chair of Carnegie Moscow’s domestic politics program, and Ambassador James Collins, director of the Russia and Eurasia program and former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, offered insights and Russian perspectives in a live streamed video briefing from Moscow ahead of President Obama’s visit.
“Moscow is no Cairo. It is a different environment with different expectations. Obama is a celebrity, but he isn’t expected to give guidance or stand up to Russia’s leaders, and his visit can’t do much to encourage Russian liberals or pragmatists. That can only be done domestically.”
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