Obama urges Russian ‘partnership’ : From Antagonist to Ally

Posted by Trish Riley, July 8, 2009

“It is difficult to forge a lasting partnership between former adversaries,” Obama said. “But I believe on the fundamental issues that will shape this century, Americans and Russians share common interests that form a basis for cooperation.”

“Independent media have exposed corruption at all levels of business and government. Competitive elections allow us to change course. . . . If our democracy did not advance those rights, I, as a person of African ancestry, wouldn’t be able to address you as an American citizen, much less a president.”

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