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    PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA WILL REMAIN A STABLE, RELIABLE AND PREDICTABLE PARTNER TO THE U.S.

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    MOSCOW, February 11, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Vladimir Putin assured U.S. President George Bush that Russia will remain a stable, reliable and predictable partner to the United States.

    "I believe that it is in our overall interest to think with great care of the total positive. Through practical matters, I suppose, we will be able to convincingly show everyone that the partner aspects of our relations remain firm, and any speculations about some 'coolness' between Russia and United States are not based on reality. Russia will remain a stable, reliable and predictable partner," a message from Mr. Putin to Mr. Bush said.

    Putin gave a positive assessment to what had been done after the two presidents' meeting in Camp David and proposed to introduce necessary adjustments to the list of joint tasks, to formulate new goals in compliance with mutual priorities.

    The message reads as follows,

    "Since our meeting in Camp David a lot has been done to advance interaction between Russia and the USA in the proposed directions. I believe that the extremely pragmatic and systematic approach to organization of joint work we undertook as a basis at the summit has fully justified itself. The Camp David control list of tasks has played an important mobilizing role, our departments have established close contacts, bilateral consultations have been intensified, and as a result we are moving forward".

    "There are concrete results for each section of the control list, security, scientific and technical and trade and economic cop, regional issues, relations between societies. Definitely, the level of progress is different in each case. Not all tasks have been fulfilled. This, however, should not be overdramatized, I believe. The issues we work on are rather complicated and thus require an additional impulse and personal control. But performers from both parties have been honestly looking for rapprochement of positions, understanding the full measure of their responsibility. I think these efforts deserve a positive assessment. Most importantly, we have managed to do a lot to bridge the gap between political agreements and their practical fulfillment, as we intended in Camp David. On the whole this helps to strengthen partnership between our countries".

    "In our opinion, it is expedient to introduce necessary amendments to the list, to formulate new tasks in compliance with mutual priorities. Then the list will be a live, dynamic document oriented for the future".

    Vladimir Putin gave a high assessment to the recent talks in Moscow with US Secretary of State Colin Powell, pointed to the efficiency of consultations between the two presidential administrations.

    The message also emphasizes that since the first meeting with George Bush in Ljubljana the parties have managed to do much to achieve a new quality of relations.

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