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Russia's President Hopes For Better Ties With US Under Obama

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MOSCOW — Russia's president said Wednesday he hopes his country will be able to develop better ties with the United states under Barack Obama's administration.

President Dmitry Medvedev said the two countries have tried to improve ties, which recently soured amid disputes over U.S. missile defense plans and Russia's war in Georgia in August.

But "some of the opportunities to develop normal ties with the U.S. have been missed, and not by our fault, we think," Medvedev said in an interview with Russian television stations broadcast Wednesday. He did not elaborate.

The Russian leader said President-elect Obama told him in a telephone conversation last month that relations with Russia would be a U.S. foreign policy priority.

"I 100-percent agree with that," Medvedev said in the broadcast interview. "I hope we will be able to develop much more efficient and reliable relations compared to what we had before."