RNC Jumps
March 26th, 2012
05:50 PM ET

RNC Jumps

(CNN) – Republicans wasted no time Monday pouncing on President Barack Obama's now-controversial "open-mic" comment with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

In a new web video, the Republican National Committee painted a stark picture of Obama's exchange with the Russian leader, introducing the conversation with the text: "What Obama tells world leaders when he thinks you aren't listening."

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March 26th, 2012
08:27 AM ET

Open mic catches Obama asking Russian president for space on missile defense

In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for space on the issue.

“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space,” Obama told Medvedev.

“Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space,” Medvedev replied.

"This is my last election," Obama said. "After my election I have more flexibility."

"I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir," Medvedev said, referring to incoming President Vladimir Putin.

The two leaders talked Monday during a formal one-on-one meeting ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea.  In video they are seen seated, almost huddled, facing each other, each man with his elbows on his knees, leaning in closely over a small table, as they speak intently. Part of the exchange was caught on camera at the end of the 90-minute meeting as reporters and cameras entered the room for a quick photo opportunity of Obama and Medvedev. FULL POST

Medvedev now backing Gadhafi exit
May 27th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

Medvedev now backing Gadhafi exit

DEAUVILLE, France - Russian President Dmitri Medvedev told President Obama privately on Thursday that he now believes Libyan dictator Gadhafi must go, according to a senior US official.

That is a big shift for Russia, which has been deeply skeptical of the UN-backed military action in Libya.
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Topics: Dmitri Medvedev