President Obama privately told Russia he will have “more flexibility” to deal with missile defense after the election in a conversation that was picked up Monday by live microphones.
Speaking to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ahead of a global nuclear security summit in South Korea, Obama asked for “space” and “time” to deal with the missile defense issue.
“Yeah. I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you,” Medvedev said.
“This is my last election,” Obama said. “After my election, I have more flexibility.”