Now it is becoming clear that George Bush Jr. has won US presidential elections. It means that for the first time since 1953 all supreme power in the country belongs to one political party, Interfax news agency reports. In the meantime, James Collins, US ambassador to Moscow, says that given any outcome of the elections, Washington’s policy towards Moscow “will not radically change.” In Mr. Collins’s view, the new administration will preserve its approaches to the relationships with Russia, proceeding from the “importance of Russia’s role on the international arena and also considering the interests of both countries.” Those approaches “serve as guide for defining the policy” of Washington towards Moscow, Mr. Collins stresses. At the same time, US President Bill Clinton has announced that he is not planning to run for any post after his presidency is over. “I do not think I will take part in any elections. I just will try to become a good citizen,” says Mr. Clinton. “I will be happy whatever I do, my life has been great, and I have been very lucky,” he adds. Mr. Clinton will formally hand over his post to his successor in January 2001.

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