Medvedev congratulates Obama on U.S. Independence Day

09:43, July 05, 2010      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated on Sunday his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama and all U.S. residents on Independence Day, saying that any attempt to hamper Russian-U.S. cooperation would be dead-ended.

"I am sure the constructive, good-neighbor relations between Russia and the United States meet our people's genuine interests and safety and the global stability," Medvedev said, as quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.

The Russian president also said any attempts to undermine the significance of Russian-U.S. partnership and achievements were " groundless and dead-ended."

Russia and U.S. were involved recently in the espionage scandal on the arrest of 11 people allegedly spying for Russia. However, both countries pledged the row would not affect bilateral ties.

"At this moment, it is important to expand bilateral agenda, to update it with new prospective areas of cooperation," Medvedev said, adding that his recent U.S. tour followed that exact course.

Medvedev also wished Obama's family health and welfare, to all U.S. residents success and prosperity.

U.S. Independence Day is the main national holiday, marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which proclaimed independence of the United States from Great Britain.

Source: Xinhua


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