Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is in the U.S. this week to promote
the country's economic interests. He meets on Thursday with President Obama to
discuss U.S.-Russia business ties. Here are the goals for Obama, for
Medvedev, and yes, for Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
- Phase Two of
U.S.-Russia Reset The Washington Post's Michael Shear reports that "the two countries [will]
explore closer business ties and seek greater cooperation on the fate of
the global economy." He writes, "That reset began early in Obama's
administration, but it focused largely
on security, including containment of Iranian and North Korean nuclear
ambitions, and development of a new U.S.-Russian nuclear arms treaty.
With cooperation on those issues largely achieved, administration
officials say they are now ready to turn to the economy, which has
mostly taken a back seat to the hot-button security concerns."
- Obama Evaluating Cost-Benefit of Russia Ties Newsweek's Owen Matthews writes, "After
a decade of being at loggerheads, Moscow and Washington have found
common ground on a raft of core issues, from sanctions on Iran to
missile defense of Europe and a de facto halt to NATO expansion in
Russia’s backyard. The problem, though, is that all this good will has
been bought almost exclusively at Obama’s expense." Matthews notes this
has come at significant cost, but says Obama thinks it's been worthwhile
so far. Matthews agrees.
- Medvedev Wants a Russian Silicon
Valley The Moscow Times' Esther Dyson writes, "Is it
possible to build a Silicon Valley in Russia? With President Dmitry
Medvedev’s visit to Silicon Valley on Wednesday and his ambitious plans
to build 'Innovation City' in Skolkovo, just outside of Moscow, this is
the question that so many people are asking. ... Right now, the Russian
Silicon Valley project is still very much a mystery." Dyson lists six
requirements to make this plan come true.
- All Part of Russia's
Struggle to Join Modern Democratic West The New Atlanticist's Robert Manning explores
"the renewed interest in foreign investment as a catalyst for
modernization," calling it "one of a number of intriguing developments that point
to something of a shift – if not a reset – of the Russian way of doing
business. ... It was Dostoevsky who wrote that Russia was regarded as
European by Asians and as Asiatic by Europeans. Now it seems Russia is
starting to lean toward identifying with Western modernity." The country
wants to join the modernized, democratic West, but Manning says
significant hurdles, such as domestic political restrictions, stand in
- Steve Jobs May Get His iPhone Back The
Moscow Times' Natalya Krainova writes,
"President Dmitry Medvedev become the first Russian owner of an iPhone 4
after Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented him with the new smartphone an
hour before it went on sale in the United States on Wednesday. But the
president may not be entitled to keep the gadget for himself. Government
officials are only allowed to accept presents that cost less than 3,000
rubles ($100), and iPhone 4 pre-orders in Russian online shops range
from 85,000 to 95,000 rubles ($2,700 to $3,000)."
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