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  • More Trouble with the Reset Strategy

    An assistant shows the block with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting on March 6, 2009 in Geneva.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Moscow to speed up the completion of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty follow-on agreement with Russia continues to highlight the difficulty of dealing with Moscow even when the two countries ostensibly share common interests. Although Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed an agreement would be reached before the end of the month, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin greeted Clinton with an announcement that the nuclear plant Russia is helping Iran build in Bushehr will begin operations this summer.

    Clinton called the decision “premature.” She continued: “Iran is entitled to civil nuclear power; it is a nuclear weapons program that it is not entitled to.”

    This is the latest example of Moscow’s steps that undermine the bilateral relationship.

    President Obama can press the “reset” button all he wants, but it doesn’t seem to matter because when it comes to arms control and Iran, Russian policy ranges from unhelpful to outright disruptive.

    Despite recent hints that Russia is more willing to go along with Iran sanctions, the Administration needs to accept that the Kremlin will not be as cooperative as the U.S. would like them to be in deterring Teheran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. “Powerful Russian special interests–security, nuclear, oil and gas, and the military-industrial complex–are vehemently opposed to any significant reversal of Russian policy toward Iran,” argues Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow Dr. Ariel Cohen. “Therefore, it is naïve, if not dangerous, to hope that Moscow will provide decisive assistance in the U.N. Security Council or bilaterally vis-à-vis Iran.”

    As President Obama has become increasingly involved in the START follow-on negotiations, he has slowly discovered the challenge of concluding a deal. In particular, Russia’s insistence on linking arms-control to missile defense has been one of the more recent points of contention.

    It turns out that charming Putin and Medvedev into changing their positions on issues of great importance to US national interests is a lot harder than expected.

    Jeffrey Chatterton currently is a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/About/Internships-Young-Leaders/The-Heritage-Foundation-Internship-Program

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    5 Responses to More Trouble with the Reset Strategy

    1. Alex, Washington DC says:

      "Oh no, even more trouble?!?" I just read the title and got a kick out of it.

    2. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      I suppose Clinton doesn't have a problem trusting an Islamic extremist regime with a boat load of fertilizer. After all, they promised to use on the farm, right??? Thank God for the Israelis!

    3. j thibodeaux, texas says:

      I don't know why anyone thought we would get anything different from this administration. We were told exactly how they would deal with Iran. You would think we would listen to the experts (Israel), but no, we have such a wealth of knowledge in obama and clinton.

    4. Alex Simic, Windsor says:

      Why doesn't Hillary ask Medvedev and Putin for a mulligan?

    5. Vladimar PM Do not allow

      Street drugs you must keep

      Them controlled.Luk will

      Be only oil company allowed

      In Russia until I get back

      The profits will be divided

      From Nik Bank to new bank

      Leave money alone in Central

      Banks You must have your

      Team right before you can

      develop The money in new

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      Have a part in running these name com-

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      Then you must open hiring up to

      Put doctors from america

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      U have to get Luk oil

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      Pharmaseudical co. And

      Target or Walmart and speak with Nasa

      About what needs to be built

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      To live on when Earth gives out

      And Communications and a

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      Applications for new Imperial Minister

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      Up hiring as soon as you

      Open stores and pharmaseudical co.

      Her Imperial Highness Margaret

    6. Vladimar I don't want my instructions

      Posted. I just hate to see you sell and

      Make street drugs and I need to

      Get things in order and if Dmitry

      Does all this work I will have to

      Modify or redo it is a waste of time

      And money. The Courts have a wait list.

      Her Imperial Highness Margaret

      See you soon Continue on.

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