Biden in Moscow for 2 days of talks

March 10, 2011 - 0:0

MOSCOW (AP) – Two years after he introduced the phrase “push the reset button” for America's relations with Russia, Vice President Joe Biden is in Moscow to see what sort of fine-tuning is needed.

Biden plans two days of meetings Wednesday and Thursday, including with President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and representatives of Russia's beleaguered opposition groups. He is to cap the trip with an address at Moscow State University that is expected to lay out the White House's vision for U.S.-Russian relations in the last half of President Barack Obama's term.
“This trip for the vice president is an opportunity to take stock of the reset and what we've achieved and where we hope to go next,” said Biden's national security adviser Tony Blinken.
The address and the results of his meetings with Russia's leadership duo will be closely parsed at home, where Obama's policies run head-on into newly confident congressional Republicans who are frequently suspicious of Russia.