Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev assured U.S. President Barack Obama of Russia’s succession in its foreign policies course after Vladimir Putin took the post of the country’s president.
Medvedev and Obama met on the sidelines of the Group of Eight most industrialized countries summit in Camp David. The meeting was informal as both officials sat and talked on a bench in a park with translators on each side.
“I said that my presence here in Camp David in the capacity of the head of the Russian delegation, when the [Russian] president is busy forming a new government, could be considered as a definite symbol of succession in our foreign policies and succession in reset,” Medvedev told a news conference after the meeting with Obama.
The former Russian president said most of the talk they devoted to the issues of reset in relations between Russia and the United States.
“I am satisfied with the talks. It means that our [Russian and American] conversation continues,” he said.
Medvedev also said he gave Obama a letter from Putin that stipulates Russia’s priorities in the foreign policy course.
The prime minister attended the summit in Maryland instead of Putin, who withdrew from participation last week, citing the need to finalize a new government after his inauguration last week.