July 7th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

How important are better relations between U.S. and Russia?


President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev walk by the Czar Cannon in the territory of the Kremlin. (PHOTO CREDIT: DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama is in Moscow for meetings with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in an effort to smooth things over between the two countries. It's the latest example of President Obama trying to extinguish the flames of something former president George W. Bush left burning.

In a press conference today, President Obama said a strong Russia is good for the U.S. and spoke of a deep rooted respect Americans have for the Russian people.

Depends on who you ask. According to a Gallup Poll, Americans don't feel much like cozying up to Russia. 53-percent of Americans view Russia unfavorably, the highest it's been in nine years.

Russians aren't in love with Americans either - at least not with our leaders. 34-percent of Russians disapprove of U.S. leadership, which is lower than it's been in previous years. But it's worth noting that many Russians said they are still undecided about their opinion of U.S. leadership under President Obama.

And it's actually better than it was 10-years ago during the unrest in 1999 before Boris Yeltsin conceded power to Putin. Then Russians' opinion of American leadership was at an all time low.

Here’s my question to you: How important are better relations between the U.S. and Russia?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John from Santa Barbara, California writes:
Very, if we expect to defeat China in the next war.

Storm from Fennville, Michigan writes:
Better relations between the U.S. and any other country would be wonderful but the Russians really need to show us proof that we can trust them and we need to do the same for them. Both of our countries have a history of saying one thing and doing something completely different.

Billy from Las Vegas, Nevada writes:
Considering that both the U.S. and Russia have enough nuclear weapons and other WMDs to destroy the world ten times over, I definitely want both countries to be best friends forever.

Matty writes:
Jack, I don't sweat the Russians, they’re almost as broke as this country is. I also don't harbor any ill will against the Russian people, it’s the Russian Government. I don't want to deal with. I think the Russian people would cozy up to the American people in a heartbeat if they were given a chance to.

Mary from Georgia writes:
Very important. It makes no sense to alienate another super power with all the threats around the world. The fewer enemies we have, the better.

Joanne from Phoenix, Arizona writes:
I have a new Russian daughter-in-law. I found that changing my attitude has been essential to keep peace in the family.

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soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    After getting the whole world ticked off at us, we need all the friends we can get, especially now.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  2. Jim


    It's very important.There is no reason why the U.S and Russia cannot deal with their differences like mature, rational nations, while teaming up to fight global threats from terrorism to global warming. It is in neither nation's best interest to make a needless enemy of the other.

    Reno, Nevada

    July 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Mark, Bradenton, FL

    Very important especially since our president knows where it is and not just says "I can see it from my window".

    July 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  4. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Economically, it is not very important. The Russians have Chinese quality at an American price. All we need to do is get along well enough to not blow each other up.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Conor in Chicago

    They are extremely important in that Russia is poised to be a major player in the 21st century. Their massive energy reserves, extreme sense of nationalism, historical tendancy toward totalitarim governments, and nuclear capabilities make it so that continuing to treat them as a defeated Cold War power will only bite us in the long run.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  6. Ms. Lou from Fayetteville, NC

    Today, it is important to talk and try to communicate with everyone particularly if things have been going bad. I admire his willingness to try to have things a little more comfortable.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  7. John from Alabama

    Jack: The rest of world stops sweating when the USA and Russia play nice. Better relations between Russia and the USA sends loud messages to the Taliban and Iran. It speaks to Iran to come to the table an talk, or else. The taliban need to start hiding now not later.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  8. Pablo in Tejas

    Very. We need to have access to Russian airspace to get at parts of Afghanistan that are otherwise inaccesible. ZWe also need to have an ongoing relationship with the Russians to help contain the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea, slim though that chance may be.

    Arlington Texas

    July 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  9. Allan Hanson

    Very, we need to have a dialog with all countries not just a select few. That has been a problem we have had for years. We befriend some of the worst dictators in the world and reject many not as bad.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  10. Rick Medina,OH


    You will find most of the world's inventory of nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Russia, or on submarines they each command. How could positive relations between these two countries not be important?

    Rick, Medina, OH

    July 7, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  11. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Considering the problems in the Middle East, better relations are crucial, when you throw in N. Korea, they are a must.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  12. B in NC

    Very – as well as other nations. It sure beats the pistol-packing cowboy attitude of a few short months ago.

    I'm very proud of our President.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  13. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Very important. These are the two nations that have the most nukes on the planet. We need to be friends. Besides, Russia has relations with countries that we traditionally don't.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  14. Chuck in warren, Ohio

    Jack: The US and Russia need to come closer together on all matters. Security, trade,and tourisum need to be at the top of the list now. We don't want to see another Cuba, when no one even talks.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  15. David of Alexandria VA

    Very important, but not at any price. The Bears own a big chunk of the world and it's resources. They have significant influence, both positive and negative in many areas. The Eagles can say the same thing. Peaceful coexistance probably doesn't cut it any more and we need a more productuve and sustainable foundation.

    Having said that, the Eagles had better remember how aggressive the Bears can be when annoyed. Whole countries can fall in hours. If we lack a balanced but decisive diplomatic and military deterent, we could lose big time.

    Eagles, beware

    July 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  16. Venia PA

    Very and I thank President Obama for realizing that. Although I don't think he saw into Putins' soul like bush did, I think he bought us a long ways in restoring relations with this superpower. We need Russia.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  17. Sherri--Illinois

    The relationship will ALWAYS be: "Bring your friends close & your enemies closer".

    July 7, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  18. Kirven Dunham

    Very important. I would like to have more friends than foes. I know the hawks (you know those liars who got us into Iraq) would love to keep them as our enemy to justify the over spending on the military (and not our soldiers).

    Kirven Dunham
    Rancho Cordova, CA

    July 7, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  19. Fred R Deleon

    It is very important. China as well. Taking wrong attitude when dealing with Russia could be desastrous. Russia should play a very important roll in America. Must be a "Scratch my back....I will scratch
    yours. PM Putin is the KEY element in USA-Russia relationship.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  20. Storm

    Better relations between the U.S. and any other country would be wonderful but,the Russians really need to show us proof that we can trust them and we need to do the same for them. Both of our countries have a history of saying one thing and doing something completely different.

    Fennville, MI

    July 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  21. Remo....Beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    It's always a good thing to smooze Russia. Smooze is one thing, kiss butt, another. I wonder how much they owe China? Maybe we could both form a monetary blockade.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  22. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    Considering Russia is one of the only countries who can conceivably rival us in manpower, wealth, technology, and natural resources, and in recent years they have begun an attempt to reunite the former soviet union, I would say it is very important that we form a cooperative relationship with them. Next time they invade Georgia or Lithuania we need to be coming from a better position when we deal with them.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  23. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    They are important but not the most important thing in the world. At least Obama is trying to improve relations with others which takes courage, patience and an open heart of which we have been lacking for the last 8 years.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  24. David Gerstenfeld

    Without cooperation from Russia & China, N. Korea & Iran will continue to be a threat to the world. Since N. Korea spends mostly on the military instead of feeding their people, Russia & China with action to back up any rheortic would force these countries to modify their stance. Then, & only then, would sanctions & embargos have a chance to work.
    David, Las Vegas

    July 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  25. McKenna

    I believe that better relations between the United States of America and Russia are quite important for two main reasons. The first and main reason I believe this is important is because the lack of trust and rivalry that came along with the Cold War way back from 1945 all the way to 1991 is apparently still troublesome to the Russians and some of the American people. I truly appreciate President Obama's outlook on "starting fresh." In my opinion, it is important for the turning of a new leaf regarding the relations between the U.S. and Russia because we have made bitter enemies with them, so it seems–meaning, that if we ever need them (unless this issue gets resolved) they most likely will not be there, because of past experiences, Ex: The Cold War, leaving us bitter and each country unhappy with the other. It is time to leave behind the past, start fresh in the present, here and now, and to look to the future in a positive way. The second reason I believe that it is important for relations to become better in Russia and the U.S. is because my generation IS the FUTURE. Are we going to harbor ill-will about these historical events, that happened way back when? Or are wethe people and government of the U.S., all going to be mature and intelligent beings, with a sense of compassion and committment to change, and settle this issue with Russia, hoping for peace? As Obama said today, Tue. 7/7/09, "...The future belongs to young people with the education and imagination to create."

    Thank you for reading my submission, Mr. Cafferty.

    McKenna Middleton, age 18, Louisville, KY

    July 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  26. John in Santa Barbara

    Very, if we expect to defeat China in the next war.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  27. Willow, Iowa

    Nostradamus said that after the horrible years of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Bear and the Eagle will become friends and there will never again be a major world war. I like to think hee was right. He was right about a lot of things. The Americans and the Russians are so much more alike than we are different. I am glad Obama is taking the step for better relations.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  28. Tom, Santa Barbara, CA

    In light of the Iranian election, and the hostility of the usurpers towards the U.S., E.U., and Israel, it certainly doesn't hurt to pursue better relations with one of Iran's allies. It may help in isolating Iran's leadership and cost them the unconditional backing of a major regional power.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  29. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Our relationships with Russia are always as important as Russia wants them to be.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  30. gerry luimes

    Yes,a good relationship between the USA and Russia is crucial for proper interaction between nations on the globe.We are not yet there,but a start has been made from cowboy politics to one of common sense . Careful considerations on both sides will get us into better conditions.Old wounds sometimes heal rather slowly.
    gerry,Edmonton. Alberta,Canada.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  31. Al, Lawrence KS

    I, like you Jack, grew up in a time when we learned how to duck and cover. I still remember the drills when we, as school children, hide beneath our desks. I think it is just as important now as it was then. As long as there are pressure points around the world in Iran, Georgia, Korea, and we each have thousands of nuclear warheads, better relations is an understatement.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  32. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think it is very important to be on good terms with a nation that has as many nuclear weapons as the United States. It would be a disaster for both countries to start up the cold war again. We need Russia cooperation when it comes to North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran. And they need us just as much. That can only be accomplished by improving the relationship between both countries.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  33. Billy in Las Vegas

    considering that both the US and Russia have enough nuclear weapons and other WMD's to destroy the world ten times over, I definately want BOTH countries to be "best friends forever".

    July 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  34. Nick

    extremely, Russia's oil and coal wealth are skyrocketing, much of Siberia lies claim to vast natural resources, Russia can very well stand to become a hegemonic power again; especially with their ally China growing daily, and buying the worlds debt, a serious shift in power may be in our future and being on the bad side of a super power isn't ideal.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  35. Phil in Canada

    Jack–for Canadian's they are very important. Get out a map of the world, we are sandwiched right between two elephants, so pls get along!!

    July 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  36. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Having better relations with Russia is critical. I was in high school during the Cuba missile crisis and recall a look between my parents of more than a little concern. With the U.S. and Russia cooperating other nations will see that peace is really the only way to exist in this world.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  37. Steve Radcliffe

    Good relations between our two nations are critical. We are the super powers and as such should be able to be friends and partners for peace on the world stage. Setting a good example is the best method to send that message; infusing trust among all nations.
    Chesapeake, Virginia

    July 7, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  38. Lee C. Randall

    Being an average American, I don't have a clue the inner workings of international deplomicy and or international politics, anyone who persumes to know enough to comment most likely spends a lot of time studying these issue... then they assume that the information they have studied is in fact truth and or reality, and not just someone's opinion... and everyone has one... why would one opinion be more important than another... our real problem right now is trusting those who do make those decisions, getting mighty disolusioned with the whole bunch, think it's time to clean house and start over..... Fort Worth TX.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  39. Michael Coogen, Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Considering that Russia and the United States possess a majority of the nuclear arsenal--better realtionships favor both and are in their best interest--however--I wouldn't trust Russia as far as I can spit.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  40. Jenna

    How important are better relations between the U.S. and Russia?

    Well let's see, how were relations between our two nations after GW Bush looked into Putin's eyes and saw his soul? The Russians invaded Georgia.

    Roseville CA

    July 7, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  41. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Nothing short of survival depends upon it. When Artificial Intelligence is asked to do risk assessment, nuclear weapons are still identified as the greatest threat to humanity. That's why the president is doing what he's doing.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  42. Richard Green

    Better relations with Russia are very important, Jack. We need the Cold War thinking in this country to end so that we can cut some of the completely wasteful spending on defense that started decades ago and has increased exponentially over the years. Don't get me wrong. They're big. They're strong, and with powerful self interests just like us. We each need to be given our due so we can each do better jobs for our people. Neither of us can afford the provocations anymore.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  43. Pugas-AZ

    Very important. I think both countries need each other to monitor and control worldwide instability. We have much more in common than we have differences. It is too bad that we have problems getting it together. Let's forget the past and move on. The spy has come in from the cold.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  44. joseph watson

    The Congressman knew he would get flack for the truth but he still stood up. Gotta give it to him.

    Tucson, AZ

    July 7, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  45. David

    Good relations with any other power are as important as how much damage bad relations can create. Bad relations with Russia could be catastrophic for world peace and stability. This is such a major step forward.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  46. Tony from Torrington

    Oh, better relations with Russia would be wonderful, and the Wizard of Oz is a wonderful wizard. History has shown us that Russia will not be a trustworthy ally, and only a naive person would trust them totally. Is it better to have some kind of relationship with Russia? Of course. But I wouldn't let them walk behind me.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  47. Mike, Newark, NJ

    I think it's very important to have good relations with a country that could potentially carpet bomb you with nuclear warheads.. just a thought.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  48. john ....... marlton, nj

    Better relations are ALWAYS important .... but are they really better just because Obama said so??

    July 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  49. Mary Rhudy

    EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! We are dealing with two nations who probably have enough nuclear weapons to blow up the star system several times over. We need to learn how to play nicely with each other.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  50. BigD Get It Right This Time, Mn

    Better U.S. Relations with Russia are Paramount in the Respect That We Do Again "SHARE" a Common Enemy. The Russian People Have Been Through A Lot in Their Long History, as Others Have By Them.
    I do Believe, Despite Republican Accusations of Democratic Party Administration Weakness, We Will Finally Be Able to Put Forth "CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES," the Kind the Religious Right Talks About but Never Practices.
    Arrogance + Accusations + Bullying + Threats by the U.S. are Obvious Signs of Insecurity + Fear.
    Gee Whiz, Let's See, What Other Country or Countries Do We Know that Exhibit that Kind of Fearful Immature Behavior?
    Ah, How About; Korea + Iran?


    July 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  51. Tim Brenner

    Russia is rich in history, natural resources, and a ally. They need us as we need them. Not so much between each other but, not to poseing a threat to each other alowing us to persure the terroist in the the world. It may help us when dealing with China.
    Anyone who trades with you is less likly to get in a fight and cut off those supplies.
    They have problems and so does the US but we will have a dialog that may help and it can't hurt,

    T B
    Urbana, IL

    July 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  52. dave

    Very! If Russia goes back to the old ways I think it wouldn't be a cold war for long but a hot one.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  53. Sylvain

    Crude oil Jack, it's always about our addiction to fossil fuels and Russia has lots. Our imports from Russia is on the rise (Almost 40% in the last year) and our non-intervention in Georgia's war last year was a green light for Russia to further dominate the Caspian Sea's Oil production.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  54. Dennis North Carolina

    It is very important not just for our country but the world. if our country, Russia and china can have good and peaceful relations than the world will find it easier to solve the major problems such as peace, economy and environment which we are facing and need to solve for the world to survive. we can not solve these problems by ourselves and the three major countries in this world can if they try.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  55. Dawson from Minneapolis, MN

    The relationship between the U.S. and Russia is about as important as the relationship between the U.S. and every other country our citizens are entirely uneducated about. Spend money and fix the U.S. before going overseas for expensive dinners and ceremonies as you pander to a country with a less than acceptable agenda. This is politics as usual, no change and change is what I voted for.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  56. D.R. TEXAS

    I think it is VERY important............

    July 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  57. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Ir is extremely important, Jack. Now that we have a president that believes in diplomacy, talking and listening to others and desiring peace over unrest and war, perhaps we, as a country, can regain
    some of the respect and alliance we once had.
    Two world powers working towards that is a big step in the right

    July 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  58. John Webster, Aldergrove BC Canada

    What a ridiculous question, Jack. The USA and Russia are the biggest powers on the globe with China running close behind. Good relations, no excellent ones are imperative to keep the cold war in Pandora’s box and not let the stupidity of sabre rattling keep the world economy from flat lining. We must have the best of relationships here. Period.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  59. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, since the USA and Russia have a history of being enemies is it not possible that Russia could be funding some terrorists organizations that are keeping us pinned down in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places? If we could improve our relations with Russia and get this monkey off our back I would say it was very important.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  60. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    With all of the problems left to the world by decades of greed and war, it is time for these two countries to come together for the common good.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  61. Melissa

    Better to work with them than against them.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  62. cy gardner

    If we or Israel decide to bomb Iran, they will have to sign off on it. If we negotiate with Iran, they will have to cooperate. We and Europe need their cooperation in energy policy. In other areas, will they side with terrorists and other bad actors to make a quick buck, or will they be part of a world wide solution? Ignoring them, antagonizing them or looking soulfully into Putin's eyes will be counter productive. cy , arlington, va

    July 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  63. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    I think better relations with Russia are relatively important. It certainly is a better idea than returning to the cold war type of relations we used to have with Russia. Bearing in mind the state of the United States Economy, now is not the time to end up in an arms race with Russia. I much prefer a relationship where we can discuss things with Russian governmental leaders rather than having an Abrams versus T-78 shoot out. All in all I hope President Obama is successful in his efforts and I agree that Bush did leave behind a smoldering fire here as well

    July 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  64. Adeel Hussan

    No matter what most people think about the Russians, we have to understand that the US and Russian relations does not just end with the cold war, but is connected through free economics, energy distribution, and even environmental factors. Having a more open line of trust and communication can be a huge breakthrough with getting both countries to learn to compromise and approach each other to reduce nuclear arms, advance oil distribution, and be on the same side when/if a conflict arises.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  65. DawnL,CA

    Jack-considering China & N. Korea are in Russia's sphere of influence it would behoove us to try to get Putin to understand the damage these two countries could do to destabilize the world.
    Putin has visions of the old "Soviet Union" & I believe that to be his long-range intentions. He's making noise in Ukraine & Georgia & probably places we are unaware. Be wary, but keep an open dialogue.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  66. Cris from Pennsylvania

    Russia has oil. Lots of oil. We like oil. If Russia is our friend, maybe they will give us a good price on oil. I betcha OPEC is worried....PLUS, Russia is practically on Afghanistan's back doorstep. Yeah, people are whining about the cost of Obama's trip, but can't the see the long term benefits it may have?

    July 7, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  67. Jeffrey Cohen from LA, California

    As much as Im not sure whether I trust the Russians or not, I feel that it is important that we keep up a strong relationship with them. The more nations we have good relations with, the better shape our own country will be in.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  68. bob schumann

    from Mcfarland, Wisconsin

    I think it quite important that Obama and the US be on good terms with Russia. During times like these, when Republicans have turned their backs on Obama's leadership, and the USA's economic battle, we need all of the friends we can find..

    Bob Schumann

    July 7, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  69. Annie, Atlanta

    They’re very important, especially when based in fact as opposed to a gaze into one’s eyes and soul (strike up the creepy music).

    July 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  70. Richard Larson

    The sense of need for better relations between the countries may well not be between the general population, but from those patriots who deal everyday with the geo-political facts of life of the world.

    Those of us who care to contemplate the future know full well the 800 pound gorilla that China represents in East Asia. China and Russia do not trust each other, never have, never will. That is as it should be in the realpolitik of Asia.

    If the US can gain some level of confidence as a trading partner and a countervaling geopolitical entity with each of these competing powers, the greater are the chances that some level of political stasis will be the end result. If that is the eventual result, then I think Obama's efforts will be well worth while.

    What we all can hope for is that the US can persuade Russia and China that the situation in North Korea is intolerable, it is not amenable to peaceful co-existence, and its resolution can only be effected in a joint effort by Russia and China.

    After that, if it works, then the dance will really begin with India and Japan entering the scene, which will make matters much more interesting.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  71. Jasmine in Germany

    Are you kidding me? The US wouldn't be in the mess it is in if it had Russia as an ally. Unfortunately, the best the last administration could do was to say "I looked into his eyes" and it's none of your business if we build missile launch pads on your borders.

    Both countries; the USA and the Russian Federation are wonderful countries with rich histories. The new democratic capitalistic system has been a disappointment to Russia, the US has not set a good example (and vice versa). For the first time in many years, The US might become trustworthy to other nations. Barack Obama takes the credit.

    Given history and common sense, with the goal of world peace and prosperity in mind, I've asked myself for many years why the White House blew off the Kremlin. The "holier than Thou" attitude has got to go.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  72. David A Whitaker

    Jack I think our relationship is very important, just like when Russia gave the US permission to fly over their land. That is very important step in their relationship, they may not sent their troops to support the US.


    Martinsburg, WV

    July 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  73. Jack - Lancaster, OH


    Gee Jack, with all the publicity here lately with sub-level leaders, did you have to go and use the word "relations" ?

    July 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  74. Darren

    In regards to that very issue, how can Russia allow the United States to build a missile shild on their borders when we, as a nation, nearly went to World War III with them for wanting to install some missiles in Cuba to protect their comminist allies?

    July 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  75. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    I am waiting for Obama to once again, throw America under the bus. The Russians must be secretly delighted with our divisive and cowardly leader and will play him like a cheap fiddle.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  76. michael armstrong sr.

    U.S.and Rusia needs to be close and we should be friends with China also for one really good reason a fight with any of these countrys would mean mass extinction for both sides there will be no winners .

    July 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  77. Jeff Crocket

    Not important especially after Putin left Obama hanging!!!

    Obama continues to blow his international relations.

    Jeff in New Britain, CT

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  78. Jon - NY

    Is Russia going to pay our debt for free? Doubtful. Are the Russians going to help act as the world police? Again, doubtful. Why don't we just return to Washington's Farewell address, which entails taking care of America and Americans first?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  79. Allison Sloan

    Better relations between the two nations is critical, especially if there is to be any hope of reducing/eliminating nuclear weapons in the world. President Obama and President Medvedev appear to have made a good start, which is encouraging. Let's hope they can drag their respective citizens along with them.
    Allison, Vancouver, B.C.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  80. Jim

    Jack, I think it's very important for the two super powers to show a willingness to reduce the nuclear arsenal although all it takes is one or two missles with a warhead to signal the end of humanity as we know it. My greatest fear is not from Russia or the US, but from some two bit, tin horn dicatator or some terrorist who can't resist the temptation to push the button for some lame brain cause. Another reason it's important is because of our need for soviet air space to get supplies and troops into Afghanistan to aid our effort there and I'm sure there are several more reasons related to trade, etc.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  81. LDR in Central Texas

    As we fall into line with a global reality, we must change. It is extremely important. And we must re-think our world view entirely and make strong bonds with old enemies. If not, we will be the ones drinking home-brew vodka and pulling rich-shaws (sp?) while new powers emerge.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  82. george charles paree

    You cant tell me anyone with a brain wants obama talking to russian about obamas going to cause a tolal lost of millions of people to wars yet to be

    July 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  83. Bill, PA

    The United States and Russia have most of the weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them on any target on the planet.
    China, also a nuclear military power and avowed Communist nation, will, in a decade be a formidable power. It would not be in the interests of the United States to have Russia and China form a partnership to replace the U. S. dollar as the world reserve currency. Or worse challenge us in a proxy war in N. Korea, Pakistan, India, Iran, Lebanon, or any African nation.
    For our security we best get along with the Russians.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  84. LDR in Central Texas

    Just as Pres Obama said Putin had one foot in the cold war era, we must not remain mired in an unhealthy, error-filled past. Russia no longer has borders with armed soldiers as guards. People can speak more freely in Russia now. And much more has changed. Damn, Jack. This IS 2009!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  85. Peg from NY

    Incredibly important!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  86. Emmanuel

    Look Jack,lets be sincere,Russia is weakened country now everyone knows that.I hope the president realizes that and quickly turn his attention to China which is better threat. Emmanuel

    July 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  87. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    tell me...which country do the U.S. view favorably?
    This question can be asked to every country and we would understand how no country have looked in the mirror!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  88. Julie S.

    How important is it to do everything we can to avoid World War III?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  89. David

    I hope we all learn Russian because Obama is an idiot and giving away our country like England almost gave theirs to Germany - Putin – Hitler spelled different but just the same

    July 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  90. William Robinson

    It says that people have bigger priorities and more important things to worry about than to babysit the aftermath of the biggest presidential, political disaster hopefully in our lifetime Mr Cafferty. So hipocritical, so sad, so the 2009 republican party.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  91. Donald in CA

    Very important, the United States and Russia have the majority of the nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  92. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    I do want a strong Russia...but not an arrogant Russia or not an arrogant America or Canada or Mexico and so on!

    the word Strong for me means we can be strong with our humility!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  93. Michelle

    Jack, What has history taught us? Play nice with Russia!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  94. Jack

    Particularly important if you can see it from Alaska.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  95. Dallas, Sarasota FL

    Russia and the US remain the two nations with the largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Bad relations could mean the end of the world, quite literally.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  96. Ken in NC

    Better relations with Russia are important because the better we can live with our neighbors the less the chance of one of us dropping a nuke on the other. We need to learn to live with them and they need to learn to live with us. Living with a neighbor has always been better than waring with them

    July 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  97. Eric

    It is important only if we can cooperate together economically. The military aspect of things seems like old news. If we are to continue to looking into the future...we must secure economic trust amongst the two nations and work together.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  98. Diego Chavez Peña

    Russia's relationship wth the US is not one of good ending. It is important to reach out to all of the world triying to keep everyone calm.
    Have your friends near, and your enemies nearer.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  99. Mark M


    All relations are important for us to remain safe, however the USA needs to stop bending backwards for these people that want to stay locked in the cold war days.

    Iran,Iraq,Mexico,Russia were the land of the free, not the world police we can extend our hand in friendsip if these countrys dont respect it lets take care of us 1st, them second, When something happens here you dont see them in line raising moeny to help us.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  100. Mary- Georgia

    Very important. It's makes no sense to alienate another super power with all the threats around the world. The fewer enemies we have, the better.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  101. Kadar Harris

    I believe that the relations between the US and Russia is key.
    When u think about the strategics of government it can only help what current or future foreign interest, and relations we have with them, as well as the countries they have good relations with.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  102. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    More than most Americans realize. We need each other not only military purposes but for trade and financial stability. In the last 20 years we have become more co-dependant than anytime in history. And ….
    If we were friends with everyone what a wonderful world it would be.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  103. Mark M


    All relations are important for us to remain safe, however the USA needs to stop bending backwards for these people that want to stay locked in the cold war days.

    Iran,Iraq,Mexico,Russia were the land of the free, not the world police we can extend our hand in friendsip if these countrys dont respect it lets take care of us 1st, them second, When something happens here you dont see them in line raising moeny to help us.

    "we are the world we are the childen" to quote a great one we lost.

    SF CA

    July 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  104. Stephen R. Collier

    I don't understand why we favor China in particular over Russia. Gorbachev moved them to democracy and is one of my heroes, while China remains a pseudo-Communist dictatorship. We also went through decades of cold war with Russia without annihilating each other due, I think, to mutual respect. We should certainly seek excellent relations with Russia especially in the business sector. I believe that the democratic Russia has earned that.

    Virginia Beach

    July 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  105. KTOM

    I believe that better relations with Russia are crucial to overall security to the world. With Russia on our side, they will help quell Iran and their nuclear program and will be a strong force behind our efforts to deal with North Korea. I don't see why we just don't let Russia into the missile defence, it'l be security for us and them. ANd in a world where Russia and America stand together. I believe the possiblilities are endless.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  106. Emma, SLO, CA

    I think it is crucial Jack. We really must end the proliferation of nuclear weapons not only in both our countries but from Israel to North Korea to the potential in Iran.

    I have a feeling if anybody can do it is our President Obama.......it's just one more fire to put out from the last so-called administration!!

    It's Change We Can Believe in.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  107. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    I think they're pretty important. We need all the allies we can get. We need each other, I think, but there's alot of the past to overcome.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  108. Patrice

    Exceptionally important. Russia, in addition to having the second largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world, has important ties to nations that can cause us great problems (or even harm) in the future like Cuba, Iran, and other wildcard South American countries, etc. Russia can help us mediate our relations with these countries. We must be rational and not outdated isolationists as we were under Bush in order to "Change the World and Make it a Better Place," in the words of Michael Jackson. (I just thought I'd show that you can be an intellectual and still a great music fan who respects the contributions of entertainers like Michael to society via humanitarian aid, breaking down racial barriers, end just giving the 45 and under generation their Elvis. (Please smile Mr. Cafferty.)

    July 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  109. Daquan Richardson

    I don't understand why relations between the U.S and Russia wouldn't be important. As soon as we start liking one another, we can get our trade back on track, and set the example that we're an open nation, willing to trade with everyone. When the world likes us again, our economy will rise again.

    Richmond, Virginia

    July 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  110. Kate R in SW Fla

    Very. If we can't show the world how to get along with formal rivals, how can we expect to influence other countries to learn to live together. Can you imagine the snide comments from, say, the Palestinians, when we insist they learn to live peacefully beside Israel, if we can't even make nice with Russia? Come on neocons, I know you love all that intrigue and all, but seriously, get over it.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  111. Ross T Harrison

    Jack, If this isn't important than nothing is. The United States should take the leading role in developing good relations and partnerships with Russia that will be crucial to maintaining the peace in that part of the World,. Russian support is important to our winning the war on terrorism and serves both our interests. It has been our lack of communications and unkept promises with the Russians in the past that has resulted in misplaced trust and uneccessary fears about our intentions. It is in both our interests to seek cooperation for Global economic and security issues that are important to both nations. We can achieve this thru cooperative economic, security and strategic partnerships that will decrease those fears and increase trust recognising the diverse differences that have driven us apart.

    Newport News, VA

    July 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  112. Justin

    This is one of the most importants friendships the U.S. can establish. Do to the Korean missile scare, we need another superpower as an ally. We need to stop being the hero and start being the friend after Bush going in tryin to be a hero with the invasion of Georgia. With communist China as the other superpower Russia is one of our last choices.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  113. Katja, Bradenton, Florida

    Hi Jack,
    We Americans have been programed from the beginning of the Cold War to fear and distrust the Russians. They have been "demonized" by our government for their way of life and how THEY choose to run THEIR government.
    It is the year 2009, and we all need to move on and put the old ideas behind us. The country needs all the friends it can get.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  114. frankie

    I am proud to have a President who goes all over the world speaking to the leaders of other nations as equal human beings, as if America today wants to make a difference towards world peace. One of my grandparents came from Russia through Ellis Island in 1902, this world really is more connected than we all admit.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  115. Nancy, Tennessee

    Anyone not concerned with good relations with Russia doesn't remember the Cold War and Krushchev telling us "We will bury you." Those were scary times when neighbors built bomb shelters and we all practice civil defense drills. Let's keep Russia smiling. It helps us all sleep better.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  116. Bud Pratt of Punta Gorda Florida

    Relations with Russia are very important. Ditto with China, Iran, and everyone else.

    In this world, where anyone’s bad policy can endanger everyone, sound and rational relations with everyone is a necessity, not a luxury.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  117. Ann Perry Garland Tx

    I think it about time we had good relationship with a lot of countrys.Everybody hates us all on the account of George Bush.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  118. Clare

    We only care when it seems like their guns are too big and might be pointed at us. Otherwise than that, for the things that matter to us – like the economy – I am not sure we Americans see or feel any economic dependency like we do with Europe and Japan.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  119. Josh in Georgia

    Relations are valuable where we have shared interests but Russia is clearly interested in regaining their power by challenging ours. We shouldn't let our deisre to just all get along blind us to this because the cost of staying top dog is much cheaper than the cost of fighting someone else for it later.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  120. donna tobin

    Sometimes it is not about what "we" feel. Think of the rest of the world going to bed every night with TWO atomic elephants.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  121. Steven C. Price Sr.- Panama'


    First, we do care about the critical and most needed "friendly" relationship we have with Russia. We are the two most powerful Nations in the World. And, we all know that two heads are much better than one. Better Friend than Foe...

    Lets hope that together, we can keep the Peace in this most challenging and volatile of world environments.

    Thanks for the topics and the persona that you bring to CNN.

    Thanks, for "Keeping it Real" Jack!

    Keep up the Great Works!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  122. Warner Jepson

    What you're ignoring when you talk of Americans not much liking Russian leadership is that Bush did more to alianate the Russians from US, which is what Obama is trying to change. If Obama manages to improve relations with Russia I'm sure American's opinions will change as well. Bush spoiled relations with just about every country and Americans followed suit.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  123. John Taylor

    One area of US-Russian relations that gets less attention than it deserves is the International Space Station. The Russians have already jacked up the price we pay for their Soyuz rockets, and they no longer allow US astronauts to use the Russian toilets. After the shuttle retires, who's to say they won't make things even more onerous?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  124. Lisa Brown

    Not important...as of now. President Obama knows this as well he's only visting Russia to distract the American public from the real issues: his push for socialized healthcare, push for amnesty for illegals, poverty, high unemployment numbers, his favoring of the gay "marriage agenda, and the global warming propaganda. Once again...not very important.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  125. Dave

    It may be important, but Obama needs to deal Putin, the real power. They don't care about us; no matter how much Obama wants to make friends with all of our enimies.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  126. Lorenzo

    Russia has or should have many of the same concerns as America. China's rise to power and rogue nations like N. Korea (oh, and let's lump Iran in) would be at the top of that list. Both the US and Russia enjoyed being the sole superpowers and our respective spheres of influence in the world. Now, both the US and Russia have a difficult time getting other nations to listen to us.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  127. Chris

    Warm relations with Russia are not necessary at all. Russia is technically a developing nation, with an economy smaller than that of California. While they once were a threat, they no longer are. To exchange commitment to democratic principles for an empty new START treaty which requires no sacrifice from Russia does nothing to indicate that this is a relationship of equals, or friends. It is the United States giving favors away in hopes of garnering greater international support against Iran. And seeing that the majority of Russia's economic strength comes from oil and natural gas resources, they have no vested interest in stabilizing, opening up, and modernizing Iran to modernize its oil infrastructure and therefore bring down global prices.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  128. Brian

    "Good relations" in this case is just a nice way of saying "uneasy tension". Pursuing "good relations" will only put focus on Russia's goals for expansion while limiting our ability to call them out in international forums.

    I'd prefer open hostility (see Korea) to a return to the cloak and dagger days.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  129. Darrell

    I think that as a US citizen we should respect other countries as we wish to be respected by them. It is important for the sake of humanity for all to live in peace and prosperity with mutual differences set aside.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  130. joanne,austin.tx

    very,very important. we need to get riid of all the hate around our earth..certainly the other people do not get thate te ou t of their bibles
    just remember we are all human beeings and need water,fod and shelter for all uf us. so kep the hate out of it..

    July 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  131. Bosko

    It is very important that our governments come together.
    Russia sells more weapons to 3 third nations. The Russian mafia is the largest distributor of porn and child porn. They are second in heroin sales. They also have many loose nukes.
    problems. There is a great influence in the U.S. that is supported by Russian Mobsters. We need our governments to work jointly to overcome all theses If we do not things will get even worse.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  132. Conor in Chicago

    It is important because of recent history from the Russian persepective. All they have done is GIVEN to us and all we have done is TAKE. They adopt capitalism-we give them bad advice and bad loans. They more then anybody help in Afgahnastan-we keep them out of natural gas contracts. We promise not to expand NATO east-we've doubled the size of NATO literally up to their own borders.

    They have had no reason to help us on our issues since the end of the Cold War. We need to realize this before we even consider this conversation.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  133. sallie groo

    improved relations with russia is VERY important for the security of america and the world. i am dismayed that 53% of americans have harbor such backward ideas about the russian people. Do they think we are still in the cold war?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  134. cliff brown


    Geopolitics is all about self-interest, no country tends to its self-interest better than Russia. If better relations with "the Bear" helps in any intuitive nature to know what Putin and Medvedev are up to, or whoever is in charge, then, "yes" better relations are imperative.

    cliff brown

    July 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  135. Bud Pratt FL

    Very important.

    Ditto with China, Iran, and even Brazil. In this world, when anyone’s bad policy can do harm to all, sound and rational relations with everyone are necessary, not a luxury.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  136. Carl Jurenka

    These meetings doesn't mean Jack, Jack. Just a bunch of hot air about nothing. Putin gave Obama the cold shoulder this trip. Just wait until Putin comes back into power in 2012, then look out. It's going to be a Bear of a time.


    July 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  137. Al

    Our last lunatic administration left a lot of wreckage behind.
    Thank goodness we have a president that understands that good foreign relations is vital to our future.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  138. Ancient Texan

    Just hope our Wimp-in-Chief didn't give away the farm in an attempt to be liked. The Russians don't negotiate in good faith, but President Obama is naive and thinks they can be trusted.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  139. Eric

    Middle of importance. Not high but not low. China is the Nation that we have to have a better relationship with. They are the future if not current Econmic Giant and Military Giant that we will deal with. Russia still has veto power in the UN so that is somewhat important for world issues and they have Nuclear importance so you should not alienate them but you also have to realize that they are not and likely will not be a super power again like during the cold war. Cooperation is important but appeasement is not neccesarily the best course.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  140. Teri McCall

    Extremely Important!

    Relations between the U.S. and Russia are crucial for the peace and security of our country as well as the world.

    The world is in a very unstable state, and disagreements, misunderstandings, and negative feelings can easily turn things for the worse. Russia can be a powerful ally or a powerful enemy. It is imperative that we promote positive relations with Russia. We cannot even consider the alternative.

    Teri McCall

    July 7, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  141. Ty from Imperial Beach

    Important. All countries with some sort of nuclear and military are NOW a serious threat to the US, hence North Korea. Since Obama has weakened the US Defense program, we should fear all countries that abhor America. Once again your friend Obama thinking in the best interest of ALL Americans. *sarcasm*

    July 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  142. Andrew

    The relationship between Russia and America is one of the most important relationships in the world. having as much power as these nations have it is crutial that they try and work togeather. Americans need to stop harbouring bad feelings about Russia's past, we are not deeling with Communist Russia anymore.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  143. JJ from Nampa, Idaho

    Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  144. Rick McDaniel / Lewisville, TX

    Let me put it this way......I would rather see the US improve relations with Russia, than Iran.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  145. Birddog in Mississippi

    How important? We went to war in Iraq because we thought they might be developing WMDs that might get in the hands of terrorists. It cost us a trillion dollars, 4000 lives and thousands more wounded. Obama just made an agreement with Russia to lock down loose nukes - real WMDs that could get into the hands of real terrorists. It cost us no more than a little faith, a little forgiveness, and a belief that human decency is not owned by the US alone.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  146. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Look, this trip to Russia was a trip to beg the leader of the BRIC countries not to dump the dollar as world currency. Medvedev and Putin will tell Obama to stop building bases all around Russia and they might consider it. Might. The dollar is tanking and the BRIC countries are losing billions and the only way to stop the losses is to devise a basket of currencies and once they figure that out, we're doomed, man.!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  147. John

    It is important but as far as Obama doing anything other than giving away more than he gets that is about all that will happen. His foriegn policy is inept. Bush was bad in so many ways but he kept Russia in check compared to the Pretender and Chief Obama. Putin & Medvedev can smell the weakness in Obama – bullies always do.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  148. Connie

    Why wouldn't we want better relations? When you visit a family in Russia they lay out the red carpet. Americans do not understand their culture and often misinterpret their people. I hope our governments can work together in the future.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  149. Gary In Lexington


    I believe they are very important, especially as it relates to developing some common grounds on key issues such as: fighting terrorism, the economy, North Korea, Iran and Iraq, democracy etc. Why do we have to be adversaries? They are culturally much more like us than 80% of the remaining population around the world. Yes, I believe we should make every effort to develop a sound and respectfull relationship.


    July 7, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  150. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If we are able to win the war in Afghanistan it will embarrass Russia and that is not our intent. U.S. and Russia must build a better relationship to avoid any misinterputation or interference that North Korea may pose.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  151. Bill

    Is Barry done apologizing and bowing yet? Good, maybe he can go visit Chechnya now. Did he like his little life lesson about the Cold War from Putin? Talk about Khrushchev/Kennedy part 2. Someone's getting schooled.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  152. Diane B. Mills

    In a perfect world everyone would get along... Differences would be put aside for the betterment of the global community, and we would all join hands and sing 'Kumbaya'. Since this is NOT the case, it is important to have as many "friends" and allies possible. There is NOTHING good about being hated by everyone...

    Lake Station, IN

    July 7, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  153. Bill Norman

    Jack, America and Russia must communicate and work out differences. In a world which is coming ever so closer to chaos, from the citizens to the government leaders, it's time for all of us to make a difference. The economy, global warming, starvation, medical care and womens rights stand at the forefront of a world that has lost its way. If we hope to overcome these unprecedented problems, we have to all find common ground. It does not matter what your nationality is, for we all face the same issues. Obama is making a case for direct dialogue with any soveriegn nation, this is our only hope that will lead to change.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  154. Elizabeth Russo

    I think it is in everyone's interest that the U.S. and Russia build a strong, respectful relationship. My first trip across the pond in the 80's was to the Soviet Union and neighboring countries. The people were friendly and interesting to meet. Russia has given the world so much in music, literature, dance, architecture etc., we should be building real bridges of understanding, appreciation, and cooperation; not tearing down a people we do not fully understand. If they could trust us, I think the people would prefer to be our friends.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  155. Eric from CO

    With 3000 nuclear warheads being held by each of our countries, wouldn't you rather have them as an ally rather than an enemy??

    July 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  156. Matt, San Diego, CA

    Making friends with Russia just makes sense Jack. With an ally that big and powerful, there is a lot that a joint US-Russia partnership could accomplish. As the global economy spins out of control, and the situation in the Middle East as volatile as it is, Russia is a logical ally, and repairing and improving relations with them can only benefit us.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  157. Richard from LA

    Russia will restore it's Super Power Status in the next 10 years. If we do as the former adminstration and try to keep them irrelevant we will be responsible for creating the ultimate anti-American Alliance in China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and any other country that we treated like Dung. However if we bolster them up too much we may create a new arms race scenario with a Russian/Chinese defense pact that the US and it's NATO allies will have no chance in countering. Especially with the fact that China will overtake us in the world economic Markets in the next 20 years.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  158. E.W. - Berkeley, CA

    Important! They are a trading partner, could be scientific partner, and a MARKET. Don't forget they have nuclear weapons – we need to be friends with these people.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  159. Evando - Missouri

    Ronald Reagan proved how important he valued our security (star wars) but also the need to put Russia in our universe of friends rather than foes.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  160. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Better relations are very important, when I last checked Russia still has a tremendous nuclear arsenal and there is certainly a world market of individuals who would love to get their hands on those weapons and use them against us.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  161. Ken Lukins

    It's critical for the US and Russia to have a good, solid relationship. But its just as critical for the US to remember who their allies are and not betray them. A stronger relationship with Russia by weakening NATO or allowing the weaker countries who depend on NATO for protection to be pushed aside is not the answer.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm |