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Obama's absence at APEC summit triggers unfit reset in U.S.-Russia ties (2)


16:57, September 05, 2012

Pundits and laymen alike have bogged down into a mechanical and mental fear that even a change at the White House after Nov. 11 would probably not be able to improve the relationship between the two giants, as the Americans, among the founders of the APEC forum, decided on the absence of both their president and vice president at this year's summit.

To sit up alongside APEC leaders will only be U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has just skipped the regular APEC ministerial meeting prior to the summit by availing herself to a pre-summit visit to Asia.

The last time an American president skipped an APEC summit was in 1998 when sitting vice president Al Gore substituted Bill Clinton at the annual gatherings.

To pundits and laymen alike, the long announced reset would demand efforts from both sides to help match up the compatibility between the U.S.-Russia interaction before people can seriously hope to see the re-start of their relationship.

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