Clinton to meet Medvedev for wide-ranging discussion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has invited U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to his private residence in suburban Barvikha for a conversation Tuesday on a broad range of issues in what one senior State Department administrator called a "relaxed setting."

Issues on the agenda for the two-hour meeting include the next steps on Iran, the Mideast conflict, support on Afghanistan, possible joint work on a missile defense system, Russia's "neighborhood" and climate change.

Clinton also will meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, following up on many of the similar issues, as well as getting progress reports on the new bilateral presidential commission they jointly chair. The commission, created by presidents Medvedev and Barack Obama during the latter's July visit to Moscow, has 16 working groups dealing with a number of aspects of the connection, from arms control to health care.

A key subject during Clinton's two-day visit to Russia will be arms control and reaching an accord to replace the 1991 Start II arms control accord, which expires in December.

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