An Obama Trip to Russia Would Repair Hurt Feelings

U.S. officials are thinking of holding a bilateral summit in Russia.

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By Thomas Omestad, Washington Whispers

President Obama gets his first chance to size up Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during a quick London meeting April 1. But with the intent of fixing years of hurt feelings, some U.S. officials are thinking about a bigger meet-and-greet with a bang—a full-fledged bilateral summit in Russia. "We think it will have a lot more impact," a U.S. official says of a Moscow stop. One reason: Huddling in Russia would take advantage of Obama's high standing overseas and his rhetorical gifts. And it's best for Obama to bring his message of new and improved ties directly to the Russian people, the official says.

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