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    COLIN POWELL: U.S. WILL NOT DEPLOY MILITARY BASES IN GEORGIA

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 27. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- One of the main results of the Russian-American talks held in Moscow is the exhaustive declaration by American Secretary of State Colin Powell on the United States not going to preserve its military presence in Georgia in the military-base format. Such was the comment of Konstantin Kosachev, head of the State Duma /the lower chamber of Russia's parliament/ international committee, on the results of the Russian-American talks.

    Kosachev recalled that, according to the American side, having met the antiterrorist goals, the United States' military presence in Georgia will boil down to the presence of a military attache in the American embassy in Tbilisi.

    "This declaration removes all the relative concerns of the Russian side", Kosachev said.

    "This American declaration wholly meets the letter and spirit of the present strategic partnership existing between Russia and the United States. Such partnership lets us openly discuss the most delicate matters and, most importantly, get exhaustive answers to all of them", said the head of the State Duma international committee.

    A very important result of these talks is, to him, the statement that the holding of presidential election in Russia and the United States should not mean a pause in the development of bilateral relations. "More that that, neither side should artificially bring in politics into these relations", Kosachev noted.

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