July 6, 2009
Posted: 1829 GMT


The meeting between U.S President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dimitri Medvedev ran long, and when both men addressed reporters in the guilded halls of the Kremlin a few hours ago, there were some significant announcements; while a key issue was left unresolved.

The two leaders said they had agreed to reduce their countries' nuclear stockpiles and said they wanted to work together on a host of issues. Left somewhat hanging: America's plan to deploy a missile defense shield, which Russia opposes, but that the U.S. says would only be intended to counter military threats beyond Europe.

Mister Obama goes on to meet with the Russian Prime Minister, and who some say is still very much in charge of kremlin policy, the former Russian president Vladimir Putin.

We'll go live to Moscow for the latest and look ahead to Mister Obama's trips to Italy and Ghana.

Also today, a live report from Honduras, where deadly clashes erupted Sunday after the ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya dramatically tried to return to his country. The military blocked the runway, preventing Zelaya's plane from landing, and the exiled president was forced to turn around. He has vowed to try again.

And we will have a report on the brutal ethnic riots in Northwestern China. Simmering tensions between two groups has led to a weekend of bloodshed in Xinjiang province. Will it get worse?

Plus, we are live in Alaska, where former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is resigning before the end of her term. Analysts believe she is laying the groundwork for a 2012 presidential push. We'll look into her surprise decision to step down.

And don't miss part of our interview with Roger Federer, who won Wimbledon over the week-end in an epic battle with American Andy Roddick and made history: 15 grand slam victories. Is he the greatest tennis player of all time? What do you think?

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Hishambnlz   July 6th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

Hi Hala,hi everybody,
the meeting between President Obama and his Russian counterpart is a remarkable step in terms of reducing the nuclear industrialization but both of them should seriousely stand up for change.Concerning S.Palin's resign,i think she is really laying the groundwork for 2012 presidential elections(no matter what they do,Dems are still perfoming well).
Thanks so much.

Thot   July 6th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I know Cristiano Rnaldo wasn't mentioned in your post, and I praise for not doing it.
I'm Portuguese, but while watching all those... what? 80 thousand people praising Ronaldo, I wondered why? What outstanding thins has he done to deserve such respect? More than, for instance those who go to war and fight for a nation, risking their lives for a miserable salary? And we we speak of soldiers, we can mention the fire-fighters, the ER teams, etc.
That are so many anonymous people in the world that are heroes, that help others and the world for nothing, and we end up praising a men who wins $130 (94m euros) for shooting a ball.

Sayan Majumdar   July 7th, 2009 2:41 am ET

It will be prudent for United States to associate Russia in its Ballistic Missile Defence (BDM) shield at least in terms of radar coverage and sharing of TELemetry INTelligence (TELINT) thereby removing mutual suspicion.

Also do note as Russian BDM systems represent one of the finest interceptors in the World so even greater cooperation will pay rich dividends.


JoseinHonduras   July 7th, 2009 2:44 am ET

Hola Hala, please tell your CNNespanol colleagues that when they ask Ex president Zelaya a question they should demand a straight answer and not the same tired propaganda he keeps blabbering out. Honduras needs peace and all Zelaya is doing is instigating violence. The person that died in the protest yesterday was not shot by the army. He died in the hands of the other protesters (some of the protesters are nicaraguan and venezuelan). We need to let the world know the truth. Honduras is a better country without Zelaya and only after he was deposed were our November democratic elections guaranteed.

Dan   July 8th, 2009 3:09 am ET

Obama gave the reset button to Medvedev, and Medvedev pushed to re set, then Medvedev showed it to Putin, who pushed the reset button, which re set the resetting, and the original re setting was voided. Too bad how sad. lol.

Itai   July 8th, 2009 7:27 pm ET

its a good first step by obama to speak with the russians
and its also a good first step by the russians to speak with obama

the great topic to stop with weapons of mass destruction ... i like it ... its one step toward civilisation

sadly it changes not much
obama was also asking for a way to bring other weapons to the troops in afgahnistan

who can imaginate russians will get something if they let the weapons pass through ... or who thinks they just do it for free?
and who can imaginate obama needs this afgahnistan war ... or n.korea or iran ... but just a war ... else the weapon industry will colapse and it is actualy all that exist in the USA

banks are down ... about the people did anyway no one care so education and health is also not a working system ... burgers everyone can do it self ... green energy the whole world knows since before bush blocked it ... at the end comes nothing out of the USA exept of weapons

Jasmine from Iran   July 9th, 2009 2:45 pm ET

I think Obama is a great speaker and truly has good intentions.

Sadly I think he is a bit naive in thinking that “having dialog” with politicians in countries such as Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Palestine, Isreal, North Korea and … is going to bring peace to the world.

First of all those countries do not care about people in their own countries and take any measure to stay in power. So why would they care and take into consideration what OBAMA has to say.

All dictators in those countries are benefitting financially and having power from the state that they are keeping the countries in. Now why would they give up power and money.

So how is Obama going to achieve this with “Talks”.
It is like talking to evil and serial killers that have killed thousand of people.

Talking achieves thing when you deal with people who have understanding and compassion. And sadly that is not the case with the above mentioned countries.

I wish President Obama the best and luck.

The only way the US relationship with those countries dictators will improve is if US turn a blind eye on what those dictators are doing and let them do what ever they want. They they Love USA.

Kinda like what the Clinton administration did and see everyone still loved him.

May god protect us if President Obama turn a blind eye on what is happening in this part of the world for the sake of having a good relationship with evil.

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