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Time to press reset button on Russia: Biden

Offering a new hand of friendship to Moscow, the United States has sought Russian help in defeating Al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan.

world Updated: Feb 09, 2009 06:09 IST

Offering a new hand of friendship to Moscow, the United States has sought Russian help in defeating Al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan.

"It is time that the US press reset button on Russia," Vice President Joe Biden said at the Munich Conference on Security Policy.

The US rejects the notion that NATO's gain is Russia's loss or that Russia's strength is NATO's weakness, he said.

"The last few years have seen a dangerous drift in relations between Russia and the members of our Alliance. To paraphrase President Obama, it's time to press the reset button and to revisit the many areas where we can and should be working together with Russia," Biden said.

"Our Russian colleagues long ago warned about the rising threat of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Today, NATO and Russia can and should cooperate to defeat this common enemy," he said according to the transcript of his speech released by the White House yesterday.

"We can and should cooperate to secure loose nuclear weapons and materials to prevent their spread, to renew the verification procedures in the START Treaty and then go beyond existing treaties to negotiate deeper cuts in both our arsenals," he said.