Election 2012: Russia

Putin positive, media mixed; headline cancels Cold War

The U.S. presidential election naturally received heavy coverage around the globe, with broadcasters in most nations devoting plenty of airtime to live coverage, even if time zones worked against them. The global news media across all outlets weighed in with hope, concern and sometimes, biting satire.

Due to time differences, U.S. election results dominated Russian broadcast media the day after, Nov. 7. Russian news and media outlets welcomed Obama’s return to the White House, echoing the positive reaction of President Vladimir Putin. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev effusively told the Kremlin-funded Russia Today that Obama is a “clear and predictable partner” for Russia, and a “successful president” who led the country during a period of global economic crisis.

While news channels played the story straight, leading newspapers online, including Izvestia and Kommersant, highlighted the fact that recently troubled diplomatic relations between Russia and the U.S. need careful handling to achieve a successful reset.

Writing in Kommersant, political commentator Sergey Strokan said respect and the building of mutual trust are essential. Obama’s re-election would give “many in Moscow a sigh of relief: The Cold War is canceled” and Romney’s “caveman statements” on Russia would no longer be an issue, he said.

But he warned that the U.S. must show Russia more respect if it expects warmer relations.

“Washington must understand that Putin will never accept the fact that Moscow has played a role imposed on her of junior partner of the U.S,” he wrote. “True partnership in the second term of the Obama presidency can only be equitable.”

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