MOSCOW, July 6 (UPI) -- The presidents of the United States and Russia Monday created a bilateral presidential commission to broaden the countries' cooperation on a number of issues.
"Too often, the United States and Russia only communicate on a narrow range of issues or let old habits within our bureaucracy stand in the way of our progress," U.S. President Barack Obama said during a joint news conference in Moscow with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. "And that's why this commission will include working groups on development and the economy, energy and the environment, nuclear energy and security, arms control and international security, defense, foreign policy and counterterrorism, preventing and handling emergencies, civil society, science and technology, space, health, education and culture."
The commission will be coordinated by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Obama said. Clinton will travel to Russia as part of the effort.