Russia does not like that NATO missile defense system in Eastern Europe. Obama has told outgoing President Medvedev to wait until he’s reelected. (He’ll be able to undermine the U.S. interests any way he wants after that time.)
Here’s the transcript of what was caught on the hot mic.
The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders.
And here’s the exchange:
President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.
President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…
President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.