President Barack Obama, left, chats with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday.
During what he apparently thought was a private huddle with his Russian counterpart at a nuclear summit meeting in Seoul, South Korea, President Barack Obama was caught in a hot-mic moment, giving Dmitry Medvedev an election-year pointer on the delicate subject of missile defense. —KA
According to a transcript of the recorded remarks carried by ABC News, Mr Obama told his Russian counterpart: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defence, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.”
Mr Medvedev responded: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you.”
Mr Obama then said: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”