America. However, it looks as if the United States of America underBarack Obama as President will change this.As Obama looks to visit Dimity Medvedev and then Putin in 2009,it looks as if Obama attaches importance to Russia as he has visitedRussia before he visited China and Japan. This is how it is seen inRussia and also all over the world. The visit is of course good for Russia-US relationships in future. Itlooks as if Russia and the US who actually almost came into conflict afew days during the Georgia war of 2008 are intent on improving theirrelationship. The United States of America and Russia are trying for anew treaty to replace the START treaty that the United States andRussia had signed a few years back in order to decrease theirrespective nuclear weapons in contrast to the reluctance of GeorgeBush for signing such a new treaty of arms reduction with Russia.Barack Obama is treating Russia more as a friend since he came to thehelm in USA. Russia feels this is a very good sign. Thus signing a nuclear weapons reduction treaty is some thingthat Russia and the United States are hoping to do as soon as possible.President Barack Obama visited Russia in 2009 to sign a new treatywith Russia to replace the START-I treaty which had run out a fewmonths back and which had not been renewed by the formerPresident, George Bush. President Obama began the tour with a wrongmove. He tried to play off Putin and Medvedev against each other andfailed miserably. Obama had been overconfident in trying out a movelike that at this crucial time, especially in a place where even theslightest move is scrutinized in detail under a microscope.