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8 Jul, 2009 10:29

“Putin and Obama had a very good opportunity to understand each other”

The ultimate result of the Obama–Putin meeting was Obama’s statement that the Russian PM is a “man of today and he’s got his eyes firmly on the future,” says Putin’s press attaché Dmitry Peskov.

Peskov says that it was the scale and range of issues discussed between the American president and the Russian premier that changed the schedule of the meeting and made it two times longer than was previously planned.

Vladimir Putin regarded Barack Obama as a very deep and transparent person, which definitely helped the two men from different generations to understand each other.

Putin took all the time possible to tell Obama in detail the initiatives first proposed to George W. Bush and explained why certain initiatives by Washington are unacceptable to Moscow. Vladimir Putin also shared a lot of information from the time when he was the President of the Russian Federation.

“We all have to understand that after a fresh start we have to ensure a constantly fresh and continuous movement. This may be even harder, but if we manage bilaterally to maintain this dynamic – this will be a success for our both countries and for bilateral relationships.”