British Chancellor of the Exchequer deems Moscow meeting successful

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MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) - The British Chancellor of the Exchequer said the meeting between finance ministers of the Group of Eight club of rich nations held in Moscow Saturday had been very successful.

Gordon Brown said the sides managed to achieve strong progress in defining the themes to be the focus of talks at the G8 leaders' summit in St. Petersburg.

Along with the finance ministers of the G8 nations, International Monetary Fund Director Rodrigo Rato, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, the finance minister of Austria (which currently holds the EU Council presidency) Karl-Heinz Grasser, and European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia, attended the meeting at Moscow's National Hotel.

St. Petersburg will host Russia's first summit of G8 leaders on July 15-17, 2006.

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