Friday, March 30, 2012

President Medvedev (D-Russia)

What Does Medvedev Know That Has Him Campaigning For Obama In 2012 And The DNC Doing His Press Work?

President Dmitry Medvedev: "I Would Recommend All U.S. Presidential Candidates ... Do Two Things. First, When Phrasing Their Position One Needs To Use One's Head, One's Good Reason, Which Would Not Do Harm To A Presidential Candidate." (Alexei Anishchuk, "Medvedev Says Romney's Anti-Russia Comment Smacks Of Hollywood," Reuters, 3/27/12)

The Democrat National Committee Promptly Circulated The Russian President's Comments In Defense Of Obama. "@jmartpolitico: DNC blasting out Medvedev pushback! #comradewoodhouse " (Jonathan Martin Twitter Feed, 3/27/12)


"Russia Says It Will Keep Selling Weapons To Syria." (The Associated Press, 3/13/12)

"Russia Sees 'No Reason' To Halt Weapon Support For Syria." ( Christian Science Monitor , 3/13/12)

"U.S. And Russia Clash Over Syria, As Children Are Reported Killed In Homs." (The Wall Street Journal, 3/12/12)

"Russia's Stake In Syria And Iran." (The Wall Street Journal, 3/19/12)

"U.S., Britain Urge China, Russia To Denounce Syria's Assad." (USA Today, 3/15/12)

"Putin: Syrian Strife Feeds On Missteps By The West." (The Washington Post, 3/3/12)

"Medvedev Calls Missile Defense A Threat To Russia." ( The Washington Post , 3/24/12)

"Russia Threatens Action Over Shield." (The Wall Street Journal, 3/24/12)

"Russia: President Urges Military To Defeat U.S. Missile Shield." (The New York Times, 3/21/12)

"Russia To Keep Blocking UN Sanctions On Syria." (The Associated Press, 1/125/12)

Washington Post : "Return Of Vladimir Putin To The Russian Presidency Ought To Have Caused The Obama Administration To Reshape Its Policy Toward The Kremlin" But "Obama Has Decided To Bet On Deal-Making With Mr. Putin Rather Than On Democratic Change In Russia." "The return of Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency ought to have caused the Obama administration to reshape its policy toward the Kremlin. Putin based his election campaign in large part on anti-Americanism; he has increasingly pursued policies contrary to vital U.S. interests, such as his military support for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and his threats against NATO's European missile-defense system. Most important, Mr. Putin's decade-old autocratic regime is looking shaky. Hundreds of thousands of Russians have turned out to demonstrate against fraud in the presidential and parliamentary elections, and to demand political reform. ... Remarkably, however, President Obama has responded to Mr. Putin's return to the presidency by strongly affirming his commitment to partnering with the strongman. His meant-to-be-confidential assurance to outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, that 'after my election I have more flexibility' to solve 'all these issues, but particularly missile defense,' was only the latest sign that Mr. Obama has decided to bet on deal-making with Mr. Putin rather than on democratic change in Russia." (Editorial, "President Obama's Bad Bet On Vladimir Putin," The Washington Post , 3/28/12)


Washington Post : "Obama's Assurance To Mr. Medvedev ... Raised A Reasonable Question: What 'Flexibility' Will Mr. Obama Be Prepared To Offer On Missile Defense" Given Putin's Opposition. "Mr. Obama's assurance to Mr. Medvedev, meanwhile, has raised a reasonable question: What 'flexibility' will Mr. Obama be prepared to offer on missile defense, given that Mr. Putin surely will not be satisfied with anything short of scrapping the system or giving Russia a veto over its use?" (Editorial, "President Obama's Bad Bet On Vladimir Putin," The Washington Post , 3/28/12)

"In A Private Conversation About The Planned U.S.-Led NATO Missile Defense System In Europe, President Obama Asked Outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev For Space On The Issue." (Brianna Keilar, "Open Mic Catches Obama Asking Russian President For Space On Missile Defense,"CNN Politics , 3/26/12)

President Obama To Russian President Medvedev: "After My Election I Have More Flexibility."

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space." PRESIDENT MEDVEDEV: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you..." OBAMA: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility." MEDVEDEV: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir." (Jake Tapper, "President Obama Asks Medvedev For 'Space' On Missile Defense - 'After My Election I Have More Flexibility,'" ABC News , 3/26/12)

Obama's Message To Russia On Missile Defense: "Let Me Get Reelected First...Then I'll Have A Better Chance Of Making Something Happen." "In their joint statement to reporters here, President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev spoke carefully about continuing discussions on the sensitive issues of European missile defense. But in an unscripted moment picked up by camera crews, the American president was more blunt: Let me get reelected first, he said, then I'll have a better chance of making something happen." (David Nakamura And Debbi Wilgoren, "Obama Tells Medvedev Solution On Missile Defense Is Unlikely Before Elections," The Washington Post , 3/26/12)

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