President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev touted a strong working relationship after a meeting in France Thursday, pledging to find a solution for a missile defense shield that would appease both superpowers.
One need not be a body-language expert, however, to determine the pair isn’t exactly chummy.
In other words, there was no Bush-Putin-style soul-searching or eye gazing.
From the pool report: "Mr. Obama, whose remarks were translated into Russian, was stern faced as he delivered his statement. Mr. Medvedev, who spoke through a translator, was equally stern-looking. Their posture was noteworthy because they both kept repeatedly stressing how good of a relationship they have. The two did not look at each other during their respective remarks but shook hands at the end."
Obama, who has scaled back former President George W. Bush’s missile defense plan, said the leaders “are committed to working together so we can find an approach and configuration that is consistent with the security needs of both countries … maintains a strategic balance and deals with potential threats we both share.”
The private meeting was part of Obama’s working sessions with the Group of Eight industrialized nations in Deauville, France — another stop in his four-country swing through Europe.