MOSCOW (AP) - President Barack Obama and Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev are launching two days of high-stakes meetings
expressing confidence that they can make progress.
Obama and his Russian counterpart sat down Monday in an ornate
room of the Kremlin to start the first full-scale U.S.-Russia
summit since the early part of the George W. Bush presidency.
Opening their talks, Obama told reporters that "the United
States and Russia have more in common than they have differences."
Medvedev said the two leaders will be "closing some of the pages
of the past and opening some of the pages of the future."
Just before the meetings began, the two countries announced a
few minor side agreements aimed at showing results.