WASHINGTON (AP) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is calling for talks with Barack Obama as soon as possible after the U.S. president-elect takes the oath of office.

Medvedev is reaching out to the incoming U.S. administration during his first visit to the United States since becoming Russia’s president in May.

During an appearance Saturday night in Washington, Medvedev said there is a lack of trust between Russia and the United States and he hopes this will change when Obama becomes president.

He said it is not particularly important what he and Obama discuss at their first meeting. Medvedev said “the main thing is that the meeting takes place and that it takes place quickly.”

Medvedev is in Washington for the global financial summit.

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