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Report: Putin Showing Little Interest After Secret Obama Administration Outreach

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President Obama's administration has been working on reaching out to Russia and restoring relations despite the face that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing ties. Photo: wiki commons.

Bloomberg View – President Barack Obama’s administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.

This month, Obama’s National Security Council finished an extensive and comprehensive review of US policy toward Russia that included dozens of meetings and input from the State Department, Defense Department and several other agencies, according to three senior administration officials. At the end of the sometimes-contentious process, Obama made a decision to continue to look for ways to work with Russia on a host of bilateral and international issues while also offering Putin a way out of the stalemate over the crisis in Ukraine.

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