News / Europe

    Lavrov: US To Seek Compromise Agreements With Russia On Security, Economy

    US Secretary of State Clinton, left, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 20, 2012US Secretary of State Clinton, left, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 20, 2012
    x
    US Secretary of State Clinton, left, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 20, 2012
    US Secretary of State Clinton, left, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 20, 2012
    VOA News
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton has indicated that the United States will search for compromise agreements on security and business with Russia.

    Lavrov met with Clinton Tuesday in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, on the sidelines of a regional security meeting. He said Secretary Clinton promised that the United States will continue efforts to forge a defense plan for Europe that would protect Russia's security.

    He also said he and Clinton discussed business problems that Russian companies encounter on the American market, and that Clinton promised a resolution of these problems.
     
    But he said the two sides have not found common ground regarding the situation in Syria.  Russia remains opposed to any foreign intervention in the conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the past 20 months.

    After U.S. President Barack Obama first took office in 2008, his administration announced it would work toward closer ties with Moscow, calling this development a "reset" in relations.  But the good intentions stumbled over U.S. plans to build a missile shield in Eastern Europe, which the Kremlin fiercely opposes. Russian President Vladimir Putin also reacted angrily to any U.S. criticism of his government's crackdown on opposition and increased repression of freedoms.

    Nikolas Gvosdev, professor of national security studies at the U.S. Naval War College, warns that "compromise" may mean two different things to the U.S. and Russian officials.  He says that Lavrov may take it to mean that the United States will not deploy a missile defense in Europe, and that for Clinton it may mean that the missile defense is deployed, but not used until the threat becomes real.

    Mark Katz, professor of government and politics at George Mason University, says that even though Moscow is not ready to change its position on Syria, there have been indications that it is growing concerned about whether Russian support for the Syrian government is negatively affecting Russia's image in the Arab world.  

    He also told said that Moscow seems to hope that President Obama may be more amenable to satisfy Russia on the missile plan after his re-election.  However, Katz added it is unlikely that the Obama administration would care to annoy Republicans by reviewing missile defense plans at the time when Democrats need Republican cooperation on domestic budget issues.

    You May Like

    Clinton, Trump and the 'Woman’s Card'

    Ask supporters of Democratic front-runner in US presidential campaign, and they’ll tell you Republican presidential candidate is playing a dangerous hand

    Russian Censorship Group Seeks Chinese Help to Better Control Internet

    At recent Safe Internet League forum in Moscow, speakers from both nations underscored desire for authorities to further limit and control information online

    Video Makeshift Pakistani School Helps Slum Kids

    Free classes in Islamabad park serve a few of the country’s nearly 25 million out-of-school youths; NGO cites ‘education crisis’

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensionsi
    X
    April 29, 2016 12:28 AM
    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensions

    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Pakistani School Helps Slum Kids

    Master Mohammad Ayub runs a makeshift school in a public park in Islamabad. Thousands of poor children have benefited from his services over the years, but, as VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports, roughly 25 million school-age youths don't get an education in Pakistan.
    Video

    Video Florida’s Weeki Wachee ‘Mermaids’ Make a Splash

    Since 1947, ‘mermaids’ have fascinated tourists at central Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with their fluid movements and synchronized ballet. Performing underwater has its challenges, including cold temperatures and a steady current, as VOA’s Lin Yang and Joseph Mok report.
    Video

    Video Somali, African Union Forces Face Resurgent Al-Shabab

    The Islamic State terror group claimed its first attack in Somalia earlier this week, though the claim has not been verified by forces on the ground. Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants have stepped up their attacks as Somalia prepares for elections later this year. Henry Ridgwell reports there are growing frustrations among Somalia’s Western backers over the country’s slow progress in forming its own armed forces to establish security after 25 years of chaos.
    Video

    Video Bangladesh Targeted Killings Spark Wave of Fear

    People in Bangladesh’s capital are expressing deep concern over the brutal attacks that have killed secular blogger, and most recently a gay rights activist and an employee of the U.S. embassy. Xulhaz Mannan, an embassy protocol officer and the editor of the country’s only gay and transgender magazine Roopban; and his friend Mehboob Rabbi Tanoy, a gay rights activist, were hacked to death by five attackers in Mannan’s Dhaka home earlier this month.
    Video

    Video Documentary Tells Tale of Chernobyl Returnees

    Ukraine this week is marking the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Soviet officials at first said little about the accident, but later evacuated a 2,600-square-kilometer "exclusion zone." Some people, though, came back. American directors Holly Morris and Anne Bogart created a documentary about this faithful and brave community. VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko reports from New York on "The Babushkas of Chernobyl." Carol Pearson narrates.
    Video

    Video Nigerians Feel Bite of Buhari Economic Policy

    Despite the global drop in the price of oil, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to allow the country's currency to devalue, leading to a shortage of foreign exchange. Chris Stein reports from Lagos businessmen and consumers are feeling the impact as the country deals with a severe fuel shortage.
    Video

    Video  Return to the Wild

    There’s a growing trend in the United States to let old or underused golf courses revert back to nature. But as Erika Celeste reports from one parcel in Grafton, Ohio, converting 39 hectares of land back to green space is a lot more complicated than just not mowing the fairway.
    Video

    Video West Urges Unity in Libya as Migrant Numbers Soar

    The Italian government says a NATO-led mission aimed at stemming the flow of migrants from Libya to Europe could be up and running by July. There are concerns that the number of migrants could soar as the route through Greece and the Balkans remains blocked. Western powers say the political chaos in Libya is being exploited by people smugglers — and they are pressuring rival groups to come together under the new unity government. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Russia’s TV Rain Swims Against Tide in Sea of Kremlin Propaganda

    Russia’s media freedoms have been gradually eroded under President Vladimir Putin as his government has increased state ownership, influence, and restrictions on critical reporting. Television, where most Russians get their news, has been the main target and is now almost completely state controlled. But in the Russian capital, TV Rain stands out as an island in a sea of Kremlin propaganda.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora