Russia did not toughen policy toward U.S.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said he sees no changes in the Russian policy toward the United States and is grateful to President Barack Obama for supporting Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

"I do not think that we have entered some other stage, that Russia has started pursuing a tougher course toward America as sometimes claimed by the media, that priorities have changed, the reset is over and yielded nothing. That is wrong," Medvedev said in an interview with the British newspaper The Times to be published on Monday.

The reset has resulted in the signing of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), "which now sets the configuration of our relationship for the coming years, despite our differences over the missile defense system," he said.

Hopefully, President Vladimir Putin too will establish a "working partnership" with President Obama, he said. "Actually, that is the case. And I, of course, will contribute where I can to this dialogue within the limits of my existing constitutional powers," Medvedev said.

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