Heavyweight Democratic and Republican Senators called on Thursday the Bush Administration to form a stronger partnership with Russia amid worsening relations between the two former Cold War foes.
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., said the administration's strategy with Russia is not working and U.S. President George W. Bush should make clear that Russia has much to gain by cooperating with the United States on Iran's nuclear issue, the future status of Kosovo and the missile defense issue.
Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., said the United States and Russia should solidify area of cooperation in terms of weapons of mass destruction.
In addition to Iran's nuclear issue, the United States plans to deploy missile defense system in Eastern Europe and has claimed the missile defense system is aimed against states and groups in the Middle East that are seeking weapons of mass destruction, not against Russia. Russia has strongly opposed to the plan and said the missile system poses a threat to its security.
U.S.-Russia relations have been cool in recent years due to deep differences between each other on many issues.
To ease up tensions, Bush and Putin are expected to meet in the United States next month.
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