Russia, Britain coordinate on three joint statements

18:50, November 02, 2009      

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his visiting British counterpart David Miliband have coordinated their positions on three joint statements Monday on nuclear non-proliferation, Afghanistan and the Middle East settlement.

The documents that will be published "define common positions of Russia and the United Kingdom," the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.

Lavrov also said he was satisfied with his "good and productive" talks with the British Foreign Secretary.

"I expect them to help us advance on the issues on which we hold close positions as well as on those which we are still working to bring closer," said the Russian top diplomat at a press conference summarizing the results of their talks.

Miliband currently on a two-day visit to Russia was the first top British diplomat to visit Moscow in recent five years.

Relations between Moscow and London have been tense over a number of contradictions such as the dispute on the murder of exiled former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, as well as Russia's decision to close down offices of the British Council in the cities of St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg.

However, recently diplomats from both sides have expressed willingness to resolve lingering key problems, while initiating a "reset" of bilateral relations.

Source: Xinhua
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