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    RUSSO-FRENCH RELATIONS ARE ON HIGH LEVEL

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    MOSCOW, January 23, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Sergei Zelentsov) - Relations between Russia and France are on a very high level, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said, prefacing the lecture by French Foreign Minister Dominique Villepin, devoted to relations between the two countries, in the Moscow Institute of International Relations of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    "The political dialogue between Russia and France, whose tone has been set by the Presidents of the two countries, Vladimir Putin and Jacques Chirac, is unprecedentedly intensive and sincere," said the Russian minister.

    He noted that the aspiration for establishing a just and democratic world order brings the two countries closer together.

    "Our countries stand for a political solution of international problems on the basis of the UN Charter and the International Law," pointed out Igor Ivanov.

    According to him, at the present time Russia and France are in a very important stage of the development of both bilateral relations and cooperation in the international arena.

    "We are living in a quickly changing world with its new threats, and only jointly can we solve the arising problems," said the Russian Foreign Minister.

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