At a speech in St. Petersburg, Russia, today, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expressed hopes that the new President-elect would drop plans for a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republican
"We hope that the new leadership of the United States will be more constructive, and will help us come to a mutually acceptable solution," Putin said, according to the International Herald Tribune.
Agence France Press reports that Putin said his plans to deploy missiles in its Kaliningrad exclave as retaliation would "disappear" if the US dropped its plans.
Meanwhile, speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Peru, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said there was a chance the diplomatic disagreement over the missile shield would end.
"I think there are chances, because if the position of the current administration on this question looks extremely inflexible, the position of the president-elect looks more careful," Medvedev said.
Speaking of President-elect Obama’s refusal to say what he will do on the matter, Medvedev said, "It shows at least our future American partners are thinking about this. They don’t have a once-and-for-always prepared template for solving this problem…It means dialogue is possible … A change of position is possible."