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    RUSSIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER RECEIVES FRENCH SENATORS

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    MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Russia's First Deputy Foreign Minister, received, Friday, a visiting delegation of the French Senate's foreign affairs and defence commission.

    The agenda of the meeting was dominated by issues related to cooperation within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which is a priority direction in Russia's foreign policy, reported the foreign ministry.

    The delegates were updated on the efforts Russia has been making to promote economic ties with the CIS countries, step up integration processes in different areas, and Russia's bilateral relations with a series of CIS nations.

    The conferees also discussed the situation in Central Asia and Transcaucasia, the Nagorny Karabakh and the Dniester region settlement efforts. They also discussed further developments in Afghanistan, particularly in terms of the fight against drug trafficking. Apart from that, the conferees addressed the problem of the Caspian Sea's status.

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