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    WORLD BANK TO ASSIST HELPING RUSSIA IN ITS DEVELOPMENT AS A GREAT POWER

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    NOVO-OGARYOVO, January 20, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The head of the World Bank promises to continue helping Russia in its development as a great power.

    We tried to help you with your reforms and in your deep concern about social justice in Russia, said James Wolfensohn at his meeting with the Russian President in his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow.

    He promised to continue to help the Russian leadership to make Russia one of the great powers.

    Wolfensohn pointed out that in the past few years the World Bank showed a greater interest in Russia. Our relations have acquired a mature character, and we have learned that we can give you advice but it is you who make decisions, he said.

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