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Obamanation; “Too Bad”

I got the following from Newsmax – International on Sunday July 5, 2009

Too bad Obamanation doesn’t love America as much as he seems to love Russia!

 

Obama Backs Medvedev’s Judicial Reforms

Sunday, July 5, 2009 7:25 AM

MOSCOW — Barack Obama said strengthening human rights and the rule of law in Russia should be a part of the much heralded "reset" in U.S.-Russian relations, according to an interview with the embattled opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
Obama also said he applauded President Dmitry Medvedev’s efforts to reform Russia’s creaky judicial system, according excerpts released by the newspaper before Obama’s arrival in Moscow on Monday, when the full interview was due to be published.
"I agree with President Medvedev when he said that ‘freedom is better than the absence of freedom’," Obama was quoted as saying. "I see no reason why strengthening democracy, human rights and the rule of law cannot be included as part of our reset" in relations.
The term "reset" refers to the pledge by officials in both countries to improve relations that had chilled markedly in recent years.
It was unclear whether Obama’s comments were a signal that he intends to press Medvedev _ or the man considered his co-ruler, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin _ on judicial reforms or human rights issues during his two-day summit in Moscow.
Rights groups, U.S. lawmakers, as well as Russian and U.S. foreign policy experts, have urged Obama not to ignore those issues in order to reach agreement with Medvedev on broader disputes _ such as a new arms control treaty or NATO expansion.
A spokeswoman said the interview was conducted in writing, with the newspaper receiving answers to its questions at the end of last week.
Obama declined to answer the newspaper’s question about Russia’s most prominent prisoner _ the former oil tycoon and billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky. His supporters say the criminal trial that convicted him on tax evasion and fraud charges was designed to punish him for his political aspiration.
But he said he supported Medvedev efforts to strengthen the rule of law in Russia, "which naturally includes making sure that all those accused of crimes have the right to a fair trial and that the courts are not used for political purposes," he was quoted as saying.
"I also believe that Americans and Russians have a common interest in the development of rule of rule, the strengthening of democracy, and the protection of human rights," he told the newspaper. "As I said in my inaugural address: "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."
U.S. and Russian officials have been trying to reach agreement on a successor agreement to the 1991 arms control treaty known as START. The treaty expires in December, and negotiators have struggling to have a framework deal ready for Obama and Medvedev to sign. Among the biggest sticking points is the issue of U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe.
Russia vociferously opposes those plans and has sought to include that issue as part of any new arms control deal.
In the interview, Obama repeated the U.S. assurances that the missile defense system isn’t aimed at Russia.
We are not building and will not build a system that is aimed to respond to an attack from Russia. Such thinking is simply a legacy of the Cold War," he was quoted as saying.
Novaya Gazeta is Russia’s most prominent opposition newspaper, and its most embattled, known for investigative article and acid commentary about Kremlin policies. Four reporters of its reporters have died in the past eight years _ one beaten to death, one allegedly poisoned, two shot _ the most recent on Jan. 19.
Medvedev himself gave his first newspaper interview to the publication, something Putin never did during his eight years as president.
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July 5, 2009 - Posted by | Executive, Politics

1 Comment »

  1. Heard we are volunteering our new Supreme Court candidate to take over the legal system in Russia! We should stop meddling in other countries business! It would be great to see Pravda represented in the white house press corps. We might get more accurate news about our country’s secret use of our tax money. Putin likes dogs but don’t know if Medvedev does. Also heard that President is doing research on how to achieve the worker’s paradise of Stalin for our 8 million unemployed!

    Comment by HoboDuke | July 5, 2009 | Reply


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