Russians Hail Potential Breakthrough In U.S.-Russian Relations
July 4, 2007 • 5:45PM

Russian leaders have hailed the just-concluded Kennebunkport, Maine summit meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush as a potential major breakthrough in U.S.-Russian long-term strategic partnership. Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the Federation Council Committee for International Affairs cited President Putin's proposal for ABM cooperation with Washington as showing that Russia "is ready for real strategic partnership with the United States," adding that the summit discussions were "a political victory for our country."

Margelov's statements were reported on Russian News Room . He elaborated, "While there is reserved assessment of our relations with the US, Vladimir Putin proposed to the Americans to create an ABM system jointly with Russia, and this makes our meeting at Kennebunkport an event of extreme importance," Itar-Tass also reported. "The Americans," Margelov continued, must now decide "whether they should work with us selectively or cooperate broadly, in every area of world politics.... A political victory has been won, the moment of truth set in, since the U.S. side should give a clear answer to Russia's unambiguous proposal, and the answer should not be wishy-washy."

Itar-Tass , in its continuing coverage of the Kennebunkport summit, highlighted Bush and Putin's agreements on the need for broad expansion of nuclear energy, and US-Russian cooperation in building up the capacities of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to handle the expansion of nuclear energy worldwide.