Morning Brief: An olive branch to Russia
Top Story Barack Obama wrote a secret letter to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in February, indicating a willingness to compromise on the proposed missile defense shield in Eastern Europe in exchange for cooperation on Iran, the New York Times reports. Senior U.S. officials have confirmed that “The letter touched on a range of subjects, ...
Barack Obama wrote a secret letter to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in February, indicating a willingness to compromise on the proposed missile defense shield in Eastern Europe in exchange for cooperation on Iran, the New York Times reports. Senior U.S. officials have confirmed that “The letter touched on a range of subjects, including missile defense and how it relates to the Iranian threat.”
The letter, which was hand delivered to Medvedev by Obama administration officials, reportedly states that the missile defense system will not be needed if the Iranian nuclear threat can be neutralized with Russian help. The letter also suggests areas for cooperation on Afghanistan, the Middle East and arms control. Russia has not yet responded to the offer, but the two leaders are scheduled to meet in person for the first time in early April.
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Joshua Keating is a former associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating
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