Putin Receives Obama Letter on Strategic Issues

U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon on Monday delivered a letter from President Obama to Russian President Vladimir Putin that touched on strategic matters including additional nuclear-weapon cuts and missile defense, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

"The message is written in a very constructive tone and contains a range of suggestions for further deepening of our bilateral dialogue and cooperation," Putin foreign policy counselor Yuri Ushakov said to reporters. "Some ideas have already been talked about but there are some new elements which our country will study in the most attentive way and give a corresponding response."

Washington and Moscow have long been at odds over Obama administration plans for ballistic missile defense, particularly deployment of interceptors in Europe. That dispute is seen as an obstacle to any future bilateral atomic arsenal reductions that go beyond the New START pact's limits of 1,550 strategic warheads and 700 delivery systems.

The White House on Monday announced the president would hold a summit with Putin in September when he takes part in a Group of 20 meeting in Russia, Reuters reported.

A separate Obama-Putin summit has already been scheduled for June in Northern Ireland.

April 15, 2013
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U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon on Monday delivered a letter from President Obama to Russian President Vladimir Putin that touched on strategic matters including additional nuclear-weapon cuts and missile defense, the Christian Science Monitor reported.