Travel Diary: Transforming the U.S.-Russian Relationship

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 13, 2009

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary AnswersToday, Secretary Clinton met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. The Secretary said:"I want to start by thanking Minister Lavrov for hosting me in Moscow today, along with my delegation. We have had a very productive and comprehensive set of discussions. This follows on the work that we began over the last many months to transform the relationship between our two countries, to find common ground wherever we can, to further mutual respect and mutual interests, without in any way accepting the fact that there are not differences between us, because there are. But to talk about those differences, to share them openly, we think is also an important part of this new aspect to our relationship.

Just three days ago, Sergey and I were in Zurich working together to bring about the signing of the historic protocols between Armenia and Turkey regarding normalization of relations. Both of our countries strongly support this process, and it’s another example of how we are working together.

We believe that the framework that has been established that was announced by our two presidents during the summit here in Moscow in July is extremely important. We have agreed to discuss a broad range of important matters in these 16 working groups, which, as Sergey has said, have begun their important consultations. We know that this takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. It requires building trust and confidence between us. But I am very convinced that this is important for each of our nations and our people, and indeed, the world."

Read the Secretary's full remarks or more about her trip to Europe.

Read the previous Travel Diary entry.



Maryland, USA
October 13, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hi, My Fellow Dipnote People And Hillary : )

I see our favorite Diplomat is traveling again. Her visit to Turkey sounded very beneficial, especially seeing how compex these meetings and signings can be. It's great that our Russian counter-parts where there
to help things along. This is a good "Start" on working together with Russia and our other foreign partners, to resolve some of the disagreements in the world today.

It's Nice to know,we're able to achieve great things if we work together.

...Cya..Hillary :)

New York, USA
October 14, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

The Reset Works! We can really call this one a breakthrough.... If we "reset" the machine a few times, it will give us "free games" and "bonus points"... If U.S. and Russia work closely; we can change the techtonics of statecraft. We have so much to do and very little time.


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