April 3, 2012
U.S.-Russia Reset Is Over
Charles Grant, Centre for European Reform
Can the 'reset' between Washington and Moscow survive Vladimir Putin's return to the Russian presidency in May? That is a question I posed to many people on a recent trip to Moscow. Opinions differed, but some of the best-informed analysts and officials expected the reset to fade away.
Vice-President Joe Biden first used the term at the Munich Security Conference in February 2009, when he said that it was time to press the reset button in the US-Russia relationship. Barack Obama and Dmitri Medvedev, both recently elected as presidents of their respective countries, took up the challenge, and the climate between Moscow and Washington improved.
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The reset brought considerable benefits to both sides. Moscow obtained an agreement on...
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