U.S. set to improve ties with Russia, keep on defending their interests - Clinton

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The United States are set to improve ties with Russia, though they will keep on defending their political interests, U.S. Secretary of State said on Sunday.

The United States are set to improve ties with Russia, though they will keep on defending their political interests, U.S. Secretary of State said on Sunday.

Hillary Clinton, who is visiting Armenia under her trip to Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region, said the United States' and Russian views proved to move closer concerning, among the others, Iran and Afghanistan issues.

However, there are still some sticking points between the countries. One of them is Russian military contingent in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Clinton said the United States cooperated with OSCE Minsk Group over the settlement of Nagorny Karabakh issue, but concerning Russian-Georgian conflict in 2008, they were on Georgia's side.

Long-standing tensions between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia turned violent during a five-day war in August 2008, when Tbilisi attacked South Ossetia, where most residents are Russian passport holders, in an attempt to bring it back under central control.

Clinton said that people all over the world should be convinced that the United States and Russia would closely cooperate on solving all the problems.

YEREVAN, July 4 (RIA Novosti)

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