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Presidents Barack Obama And Dmitry Medvedev Report 'Significant Progress'

After a greasy lunch at Ray's Hell Burger, ahead of a G-20 meeting in Toronto, President Obama and his Russian counterpart addressed reporters at the White House earlier this afternoon.

"By any measure, we have made significant progress and achieved concrete results," Obama said.

In a meeting this morning, the two leaders "reaffirmed [their] commitment to work to ratify [the S.T.A.R.T] treaty." He said they talked about a variety of topics, including the global economy, Russia's interest in joining the World Trade Organization (W.T.O.), plans to cooperate more on intelligence and counterterrorism, new technology, energy issues, and a deal with Boeing.

Asked about his decision to accept the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Obama said that "what we saw yesterday was a change in personnel, but not a change in policy."

As analysts suggest Obama plans to restructure his national security team, he said he has no plans to.

"Our team is going to be moving forward in sync," he said. "It is true that I am going to be insisting on a unity of purpose on the part of all branches of the U.S. government that reflects the enormity of sacrifices that are being made by the men and women who are there."