Today the world media is discussing actively the video of the secret conversation between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The video lasts for 33 seconds and during this time Obama says something very slowly to Medvedev. Medvedev answers shorter to him. As the subtitles of the video show Obama tells Medvedev that he would win reelection in November, giving the ‘flexibility’ to make a deal on ballistic missile defenses in
“The unusually frank exchange came as Obama and Medvedev huddled together on the eve of a global nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, unaware their words were being picked up by microphones as reporters were led into the room”, the source continues.
Leaning toward Medvedev, Obama was overheard asking for time — ‘particularly with missile defense’ – until he is in a better position politically to resolve such issues.
‘I understand your message about space,’ replied Medvedev, who will hand over the presidency to Putin in May.
‘This is my last election… After my election I have more flexibility,’ Obama said, expressing confidence he will win a second term.
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The exchange, parts of it inaudible, was monitored by a White House pool of television journalists as well as Russian reporters listening live from their press center
The video does not give opportunity to be sure that the Presidents led just this conversation.