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Top Obama aide meets Putin on bilateral issues: White House

(Xinhua)

14:24, May 05, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon had met with Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin in Moscow on bilateral issues, the White House said on Friday.

During his visit to Moscow on Thursday and Friday, Donilon, the top aide to U.S. President Barack Obama on national security matters, discussed "next steps in U.S.-Russia relations, including cooperation on security and economic issues," Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement.

In meetings described as "constructive and wide ranging," he discussed the issues of "mutual strategic interest" with Putin and other top Russian officials including Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, and Yuri Ushakov, deputy head of the Russian government office, according to Vietor.

"Both countries are looking forward to developing further their constructive partnership," he added.

Putin will be sworn in as the new Russian president on Monday. He will also attend the G8 summit due to be held at Camp David, Maryland on May 18-19.

Washington and Moscow have been at loggerheads on the U.S. missile defense system in Europe. Russia on Thursday said that talks with the United States on the issue were deadlocked but there were still chances for agreement.

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