Remarks By President Obama And Prime Minister Putin Of Russia Before Meeting
For Immediate Release July 7, 2009
AND PRIME MINISTER PUTIN OF RUSSIA
9:10 A.M. (Local)
There were periods when our relations flourished quite a bit and there were also periods of, shall we say, grayish mood between our two countries and of stagnation.
With you we link all our hopes for the furtherance of relations between our two countries. We are very glad to see you here, and welcome you here in Russia.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. Well, I very much appreciate you taking time to meet with me. We had excellent discussions with the President yesterday. And I'm aware of not only the extraordinary work that you've done on behalf of the Russian people in your previous role as Prime Minister -- as President, but in your current role as Prime Minister.
We think there's an excellent opportunity to put U.S.-Russian relations on a much stronger footing. And we may not end up agreeing on everything, but I think that we can have a tone of mutual respect and consultation that will serve both the American people and the Russian people well.
So thank you very much. I look forward to a very useful exchange of ideas.
I also want to thank the Prime Minister for arranging very nice weather in Moscow.
9:14 A.M. (Local)