Geneva to host Start implementation meetings

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – US President Barack Obama Wednesday 2 February signed the Start treaty with Russia, following approval by Congress. Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev initialled the treaty in Prague in April 2010, but it required US Senate ratification. The treaty will come into force 5 February when the two countries’ heads of […]

Russia’s Lavrov says relations with US improving

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who met with his US counterpart Hillary Clinton in Geneva in early March, tells the Financial Times in an interview that relations between the two countries are improving under the Obama administration, possibly becoming less confrontational. The interview precedes a meeting next week between the two countries’ leaders, who have […]

Clinton loses face, literally, in Geneva

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Hotel Intercontinental hadn’t seen this kind of show in months, but its old talent for playing host to high-level diplomatic talks was in full swing late Friday for meetings between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey. Geneva and the […]

Upbeat mood, frank talk characterize Russian, US meeting in Geneva

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Update 9 March (transcript from US Mission in Geneva) Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – “Nothing was off the table,” said a clearly pleased US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had the first words at a press conference with her counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. She characterized their wide-ranging meeting as “a very productive meeting […]

Clinton’s talks with Lavrov in Geneva follow EU reassurances in Brussels

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, commented following talks with European Union leaders in Brussels that while there will be differences between the US and Russia, “On so many important matters that confront us, we think that the United States and the EU and Russia can be partners.” Clinton meets Friday […]