MOSCOW (AP) - A White House official says President Barack Obama
and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin "formed the basis of a
good relation" during a two-hour meeting at Putin's residence
Before heading to Russia last week, Obama told the Associated
Press in an interview that Putin "has one foot in the old ways of
doing business and one foot in the new."
But after meeting the Russian leader, a senior administration
official described Obama's reaction this way: "I would say he's
very convinced that the prime minister is a man of today and he's
got his eyes firmly on the future."
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order
to discuss the private details of the meeting, said Obama and Putin
shared concerns about terrorism and nuclear proliferation. There
also were areas of disagreement, but the official would not
elaborate on those.