Obama speaks at Russian university

2009-07-08 09:53 BJT

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U.S. President Barack Obama says his country wants a "strong, peaceful and prosperous" Russia and for bilateral relations to get off to a new start.


U.S. President Barack Obama, gestures during his speech at the New Economic School, in Moscow, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
U.S. President Barack Obama, gestures during his speech at the New
Economic School, in Moscow, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama delivered a speech on Tuesday at a graduation ceremony of the New Economic School in Moscow.

In the typical Obama style speech, the US president spoke of a new era of Russian-US relations, saying the pursuit of power is no longer a zero-sum game and progress must be shared.

Barack Obama, U.S. President, said, "There is the 20th century view that United States and Russia are destined to be antagonists. And that a strong Russia or a strong America can only assert themselves in opposition to one another. And there is a 19th century view, that we are destined to vie for spheres of influence and that great powers must forge competing blocs to balance on another. These assumptions are wrong. In 2009, a great power does not show strength by dominating or demonishing other countries. The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chessboard are over."