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    RUSSIAN SECURITY OFFICIALS AGAINST ADJUSTING U.S.-RUSSIA STRATEGIC DIALOGUE TO MOMENTARY NEEDS

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 19, 2004. /RIA NOVOSTI/ -- U.S.-Russian strategic dialogue should not be made dependent on either side's momentary needs, Oleg Chernov, Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council said.

    According to council spokespeople, Chernov made this stance of his clear as he spoke Monday to an assembly of visiting US political scientists and community activists.

    As the senior Russian security official pointed out, interaction between Russia and the US, which has been brought to a qualitatively new level thanks to efforts by the presidents of the two nations, is of paramount importance for maintaining global stability and finding adequate responses to new threats and challenges. In this connection, it is necessary to make sure that US-Russian partnership and strategic dialogue are not adjusted to serve either side's momentary needs, including election-related ones.

    Some of the attending US delegates spoke for greater efforts to counter global terrorism, comprehensive development of economic and humanitarian relations between the two nations, and more intensive interpersonal and intercultural dialogue.

    The US delegation included former Defense Secretary James Schlessinger, former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, Richard Nixon Center President Dimitri Simes, US-Russia Business Council Chairman Eugene Lawson, and Board Chairman of Petroleum Finance & Energy Inc. Robinson West.

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