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    JAVIER SOLANA WELCOMES RUSSIA'S NEW FOREIGN MINISTER

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    BRUSSELS, MARCH 9-RIA NOVOSTI - Javier Solana, the European Union's High commissioner for common foreign and security policy, has welcomed Sergey Lavrov on his appointment of Russian foreign minister.

    I am sure we will work together for more intensified relations between the European Union and Russia, Javier Solana says in his statement.

    Sergey Lavrov is a diplomat I worked with in the past and intend to work with in accordance with new functions he has assumed, continues Solana.

    The statement also reports that the EU High commissioner also sent a message to the former Russian foreign minister, Igor Ivanov, to thank him for close cooperation and to wish him successful work as the newly-appointed secretary of the Russian Security Council.

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