Obama, Medvedev's Moscow meeting to result in Russia's unwise concessions: political scientist David Satter

Politics Materials 8 July 2009 16:12 (UTC +04:00)

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The result of the Moscow summit meeting will be to put pressure on President Obama to make unwise concessions to Russia," Expert of Hudson Institute David Satter told Trend .

"Obama himself is responsible for this situation, first with his reference to the need to "reset" relations and then with his eagerness to please his hosts in Moscow by speaking about a U.S. evaluation of whether a proposed anti-missile shield based in Eastern Europe would actually work," Visiting Scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies under the Johns Hopkins University Satter said.

Today U.S. President Barack Obama's Moscow visit has ended. During the visit, the U.S. president met with his Russian counterpart Dmitriy Medvedev and discussed the START and the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM), as well as the Iranian issue and transit of the American goods to Russia. The agreement on Obama's visit to Moscow has been reached during the two leaders' April meeting in London before the G20 summit. At that time, Medvedev stated that he is satisfied with familiarization with his American counterpart and hopes for an interesting and fruitful meeting in the Russian capital. The visit took place on July 6-8.

The expert said Russian foreign policy spokesmen speaking on the main government television network immediately interpreted this for the Russian audience as a prelude to an American decision to drop the plan for a missile shield entirely.

"When that doesn't happen - and I believe it won't - it will be presented by the Russian regime to both their own citizens and the West as a breach of trust and sign of the U.S.'s aggressive intentions," Satter said.

On July 7, U.S. President Barack Obama promised at the meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to be more responsive to Russia's concern about the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM), Deputy Head of the Russian government Yuriy Ushakov who took part in the talks told journalists, RIA Novosti reported.

The expert does not think the visit will change the world political situation. But it will put the U.S. at a disadvantage in limiting Russia's drive to impose its will on its neighbors, Satter said.

The Russian leaders will emerge from these talks, which the American side is describing as a "new start," with the confidence that the U.S. naively misreads their intentions, is not committed to its previous positions," he said.

"It can be counted on not to resist meaningfully if Russia decides to expand its sphere of influence by force," Satter said.