Obama, Medvedev to meet in Copenhagen on START
President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will likely meet Friday in Copenhagen for a last-ditch round of face-to-face negotiations in hopes of reaching a nuclear arms control accord by the end of the year, an Obama administration official said. U.S. and Russian negotiators are close to a deal but have become bogged down on ballistic missile verification issues. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday blamed the U.S. for slowing down the talks. At issue is whether the U.S. will continue to have access to Russian missile-flight data. The Russians are trying to develop new missiles to replace Soviet-era SS-18s and SS-19s.