Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Despite Arrests, Working to Rebuild Russia Ties

Despite Arrests

They doffed their jackets and bonded over burgers, talking about everything from trade and geopolitics to their families. Everything, that is, except the spies that the government of one had hidden in a house just a few miles away and that the government of the other was about to arrest.

The roundup of a suspected Russian spy ring did more than disrupt a years-old deep-cover operation inside the United States — it cast a shadow over President Obama’s effort to transform the relationship between the two countries. The timing of the arrests, coming barely 72 hours after President Dmitri A. Medvedev’s White House visit, frustrated Mr. Obama’s team. But as prosecutors assemble their case, Mr. Obama has resolved not to let the ghosts of the 20th century get in the way of his goals in the 21st.

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