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    Russia and the United States can fashion a constructive dialogue regardless of their differences on some international issues, the Russian president said Thursday.

    MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and the United States can fashion a constructive dialogue regardless of their differences on some international issues, the Russian president said Thursday.

    "Despite a number of significant disagreements on certain international problems, we are convinced that we have what it takes to forge a constructive dialogue on a long-term basis," Dmitry Medvedev said.

    He said relations with the United States were one of Russia's foreign policy priorities, adding that the quality of Russian-U.S. relations was critical to a good international climate.

    "The history of Russian-U.S. relations has seen plenty of imbroglios, but invariably common sense and pragmatism have prevailed," Medvedev said.

    The president said the two countries had solid foundations to build on and advance political dialogue, trade and economic relations, and investment activity.

    "It would be politically short-sighted to fritter away these achievements, reviving old stereotypes," he said.

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