Both Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev are young and not associated with the Cold War era, but they grew up during that time, says the director of international services at RIA-Novosti Russian news agency Samir Shakhbaz.
"It took eight years for President George W. Bush to mess up US-Russia relations, and it’s going to take more than eight months to get the two talking and working together more closely,” says US analyst John Isaacs.
“Putting ballistic missile interceptors on sea-based destroyers or moving the ground-based interceptors to more southern locations would not bother Russia too much,” said Daryl Kimball from the Arms Control Association.
The issue of the new START treaty is the establishment of a framework for nuclear weapons which has been ignored during the last eight years, says Ivan Safranchuk from the Moscow Institute of International Relations.
Richard Burt, former US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, thinks both Russia and the US are determined to reach a consensus on nuclear issues despite difficulties, but AMD is non-negotiable.
Not much should be expected from the Russian and US presidents’ meeting because Barack Obama promises changes, but hasn’t really delivered on them yet, says Boris Kagarlitsky from the Institute for Globalization Studies.
Russia-US relations are being restored after significant degradation, President Medvedev told the Italian media, adding that he hopes his upcoming meeting with Barack Obama in Moscow will bring some real results.