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Russian Foreign Minister Sees ‘Improvement’ in U.S.-Russian Relations

In the last of a series of reports from Russia, Margaret Warner talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the future of U.S.-Russian relations, last year's Georgian war, and negotiating a nuclear arms treaty.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Today, Prime Minister Putin brushed back a comment from President Obama yesterday that the Russian leader had one foot in the Cold War era. Putin told reporters his country stood on both feet and was always looking to the future.

    Margaret Warner continues her week-long reporting from Russia on the eve of the Obama visit there with an interview with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. She spoke to him earlier today in Moscow.

  • MARGARET WARNER:

    Minister Lavrov, thank you for having us.

  • SERGEY LAVROV, Foreign Minister, Russia:

    My pleasure.

  • MARGARET WARNER:

    President Obama says he's seeking a new relationship with Russia and that he wants to reset it. Do you see the prospects for resetting this relationship in a major way, in a significant way?

  • SERGEY LAVROV:

    Well, I think the relations already took a new start. The two presidents met on April 1st in London; the atmosphere of the meeting was positive. We share the desire of President Obama to improve our relations, and President Medvedev recently stated this on his video blog.

    And the atmosphere is improving, no doubt about it. We feel more inclination to listen, to hear, and to look for common denominators on the issues which still divide us. And the issues which divide us are not very numerous compared to the issues on which we think alike and act together.

    So, hopefully, a Moscow meeting would strengthen this atmosphere, but would also be the place where the two presidents not only discuss all important things of our bilateral relations and the important issues on the international agenda, but we'd also take decisions on quite a number of things.