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    RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY TO BUILD RELATIONS IN KREMLIN IN COMPLIANCE WITH CONSTITUTION

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    MOSCOW, March 17, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has promised that his ministry will build relations with the Russian President's administration and the Russian Security Council in compliance with the Constitution. He said this at his first press conference in the new capacity in Moscow on Wednesday.

    "Russia's foreign policy is determined by the President and carried out by the Foreign Ministry," he recalled the clause in the Constitution.

    Speaking of his predecessor Igor Ivanov's appointment to the post of the Security Council Secretary, Mr. Lavrov said, "We are encouraged by Igor Ivanov's appointment on the post of the Secretary of the Security Council - a body meant to coordinate the work of all departments, which ensure the state security." The minister expressed his hope that the Council's efficiency would increase under Mr. Ivanov.

    Apart from this, Mr. Lavrov confirmed that in his work he would use "the potential of very different wise men." "We will continue regular meetings with scientific and business circles, with regional representatives," he said.

    He also confirmed his openness for contacts with mass media, including exclusive interviews.

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