Russia welcomes Biden’s offer to “reset” ties

Published on Reuters.com, by Noah Barkin and David Brunnstrom, Feb 8, 2009.

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Russia welcomed on Sunday an offer by the United States “to press the reset button” on relations with Moscow and suggested the two sides could jointly review the contentious issue of missile defense …

… Ivanov also reaffirmed that if Washington scrapped the proposed missile shield, Russia would not proceed with the threatened deployment of nuclear missiles near the Polish border.

But, asked whether Russia would take concrete steps to signal its readiness to work with the United States, Ivanov said: “It is not an oriental bazaar and we do not trade the way people do in a bazaar.”

He was speaking after a meeting with Biden earlier on Sunday.

Ties between Russia and the United States have grown increasingly strained in recent years.

Russia’s brief war with Georgia last year and its recognition of the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia were sharply condemned by the United States. (full text).

(Reporting by Ross Colvin; writing by Mark Trevelyan; editing by Myra MacDonald).

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