Obama, Medvedev acknowledge tensions

March 26, 2012

The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are frankly acknowledging continued tensions between their countries on key issues, including Syria and missile defense.

Obama says the U.S. and Russia have "more work to do" to bridge their differences, including their approach to violence in Syria. The U.S. has sharply criticized Russia for opposing U.N. Security Council action calling on Syria's president to leave power.

On missile defense, Medvedev says the U.S. and Russia each have their own positions on the sensitive issue. But he says he believes there is time to find a solution.

Despite their differences, Medvedev says the relationship between the U.S. and Russia has reached its "best level". Medvedev will leave office later this spring when former Russian leader Vladimir Putin assumes the presidency again.