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    MOSCOW, January 23, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondents Sergei Zelentsov and Olga Protasenko/. Russian-French relations are an important factor both in the European space and the international scene, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov told a press conference in Moscow on Friday following the talks with his French counterpart Dominique de Villepin.

    "Moscow and Paris aim at the development and cooperation on the building of the new democratic and secure world order in the interests of all nations," the Russian minister said.

    According to him, Russia and France have recently reached serious progress in all spheres, first of all, due to the efforts of the two presidents.

    The talks with Dominique de Villepin have shown that Russia and France have common positions both on global and regional problems, Igor Ivanov noted.

    On his part, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin pointed out the consolidation of Russia-EU relations during the admittance of new EU members. He spoke about new global partnership between Russia and France.

    In his words, it is necessary to develop relations in political, economic, law, security, education and scientific spheres. The three main aspects of Russian-French relations are "friendship, trust and will", Dominique de Villepin said. "Will to cooperate should serve the new world order," he stressed.

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