Russian lawmakers expect more balanced US administration under Obama

By RIA Novosti,

Moscow : Russia may look forward to more US understanding on issues like Iraq and missile defence under Barack Obama, Russian lawmakers said Wednesday.

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Deputy chairman of the lower house of parliament’s defence committee, Igor Barinov, said he believed that the Obama administration would cut on military operations in Iraq and on the missile defence system planned to be based in Eastern Europe.

Andrei Klimov, the deputy head of the State Duma’s foreign affairs committee, said Obama faced a difficult task, and would have to face the new realities facing his country.

“These are the global financial crisis, the depletion of America’s resources, and divisions in US society,” Klimov said. “If he continues to hold the idea that America is the world leader, he will exhaust the resources of America, and divide American society.”

Barinov also saw a reduced military role for the United States.

“The outgoing administration has continued to allocate essential funds to missile defence, Iraq and Georgia,” he said. “I believe that these expenditures will be reduced.”

He also judged Obama’s views on Russia to be more nuanced and considered than both the Republican candidate Senator John McCain and the outgoing President George w. Bush.

The lawmaker predicted that the Democrat’s victory would herald a warming of relations with Russia and “a constructive approach to resolving issues where we could not find common ground with the previous administration”.