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    IVANOV, POWELL TO DISCUSS JACKSON-VANICK AMENDMENT CANCELLATION

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    MOSCOW, January 23, 2004. /RIA Novosti/. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and US Secretary of State Colin Powell are to discuss the cancellation of Jackson-Vanick amendment during Powell's forthcoming visit to Russia, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    "The cancellation of the Jackson-Vanick amendment would ruin the symbol of the past epoch," the source said.

    This amendment named after the two senators who initiated it was adopted at the cold war climax by the US administration and imposed restrictions on trade with the Soviet Union as a state, which prevented free migration of the population. Today Russia gives its citizens absolute freedom to travel abroad however, the amendment is still in effect.

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