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In Moscow, VP Biden Pushes for Democratic Reforms, Russia's WTO Bid

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- In the signature event of his five-day trip abroad, Vice President Biden called for Russia to make further progress on democratic reforms and reiterated the Obama administration’s support for Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization, citing the opportunity for strong commercial ties between the two nations.

“The next frontier in our relationship,” Biden said, “will be building stronger ties of trade and commerce that match the security cooperation we have accomplished over the last two years and hopefully will continue to grow.”

Noting several times that the U.S.-Russia relationship had improved, Biden delivered some chiding words for Russia’s leadership, which he said he could do without jeopardizing ties between the two nations.

“We will continue to object when we think human rights are violated or democracy and the rule of law is undermined,” he said.

The vice president specifically mentioned the cases of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was arrested after accusing police of fraud and died in prison before being tried, and oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsy, imprisoned since 2003 amid charges of misconduct in his trial.

The vice president, in a subtle nod to what is happening across the Middle East, said that this was not just the United States asking for more from Russia, but also the Russian people who “now call on their country to strengthen their democratic institutions.”

In a speech that was very lengthy even by Biden’s standards, the vice president touched on a wide range of issues: the U.S.-Russian relationship and the “reset” the Obama administration deemed a key part of its foreign policy agenda in 2009; nuclear proliferation; Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan; and economic cooperation.

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Public Support Mixed Over Trade with South Korea, China

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – Americans have mixed emotions when it comes to international trade, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Results show that Americans are skeptical over World Trade Organization policies and trade agreements such as NAFTA. Thirty-five percent believe such agreements are good for the U.S., while 44 percent disagree.

It may boil down to what countries the U.S. does business with. While most Americans agreed that trade with Canada, Japan and European Union countries would benefit the U.S., the poll showed public support over trade with South Korea and China is mixed.

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