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Podcast: Friend Or Foe? America Through Russian Eyes

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev during a bilateral meeting before the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul on March 26.
U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev during a bilateral meeting before the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul on March 26.
Friends? Foes? Partners? Rivals? Two decades after the end of the Cold War, how do Russians and Americans view each other and what does it mean for the future of relations between Moscow and Washington?

In the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," I sit down with Kirill Kobrin, the managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian Service, to discuss this issue, which came to the forefront this week as U.S. President Barack Obama met his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, in Seoul.

Also on the podcast, we discuss a new law moving through the State Duma outlawing so-called "gay propaganda."

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by: Jack from: US
March 31, 2012 01:30
US government is seen by all civilized and educated people as the major Evil, alongside Israel, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, which make Axis of Evil.
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by: Alex from: Lalaland
March 31, 2012 10:38
Hey Hakop, vor ashkhari vraes aprum?
Hey Jack what world you live on?
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by: Ilya
April 02, 2012 03:20
The world in which Israel and Saudi Arabia are best friends. XD
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
April 02, 2012 13:58
JACK is making a valid point: US, SA and Israel have all pursued the same policy-line towards the SYRIAN leadership (israeli proxy war against Assad-father in Lebanon in the 1980s + today's arming of the anti-Assad-son terrorists by the US and SA) or against the leadership of IRAQ before the removal of Saddam (US and SA support for the "independence" of Kuwait and that of its oil in the early 1990s + israeli bombing of Iraqui military installations in the 1990s). And MOST IMPORTANTLY the US, SA and Israel would all just love to bomb IRAN into ashes - but have no capacity to do so.
In other words, in most practical matters of Middle-Eastern politics US, SA and Israel are on the same page.

by: Ed Cooley from: Maryland
April 01, 2012 15:04
Interesting to hear Medvedev talk out of both sides of his mouth. He wants to advise US presidential candidates how to choose their words at the same time he and Putin promote endless volumes of cold war fearmongering in support of their own government. Frankly its laughable for Medvedev to advise anyone of anything.

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
April 01, 2012 17:41
Do these authors ever go back and listen to what they said? When listening to this commentary (some of it very good), it’s hard to avoid the impression that these authors believe that they have the firm handle on all the great truths. Could they even entertain the notion that they might not have all the facts and that they could be conceivably wrong. For instance, don’t they think Kremlin sensibilities might have been bruised when the new US ambassador met with opposition figures within 48 hours of arrival, especially during a heated political protest period? Nor did the authors dare to mention some of McFaul’s purported expertise in fomenting ‘democratic change.’ Their supercilious attitude is almost as bad as some of the know-it-alls within the pro-Kremlin Russian media.

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