Russia-US relations should not become hostage to political agenda - expert
Sergey Strokan, a correspondent for the Kommersant newspaper:
It is quite clear that as the presidential race of 2012 is gaining momentum, the opponents of president Obama will use any excuse merely to put pressure on him and criticize him.
Here in Russia we have also had rather heated debates among influential figures and experts as to what kind of administration is better for Moscow.
We understand that we have to be prepared for all eventualities. It is an open secret that a fully-fledged relationship should serve the interests of both sides. We disagree on sensitive issues like Georgia, like the use of force in operations like Libya.
We can disagree on a number of issues, but having said this I want to emphasize there are a lot of common points and a lot of common interests shared by both sides.
Our relationship should not become hostage either to a political agenda, or to those questions which for this or that reason can’t be solved overnight.