Vladimir Putin returns after four-day visit to United States

Russian President Vladimir Putin returned to Russia on Saturday after his four-day trip to the United States. In New York, Putin participated in the United Nations jubilee summit marking the 60th anniversary of the organisation, and in Washington, he had talks with U.S. President George Bush.

Putin was the first to sign the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. The convention was worked out on the initiative of Russia.

The Russian president spoke at the meeting of the U.N. Security Council and the meeting of the 60th session of the U.N. General Assembly, where he set forth Russia's view on ways to consolidate the U.N. fundamental role in international relations.

Putin also had a series of meetings with world leaders who had arrived for the forum, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Indian Premier Manmohan Singh, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner. The Russian president also had talks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and new Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In New York, Putin participated in the opening of a unique exhibition of Russian art and a ceremony at the site where a monument to victims of the 2001 September 11 attack would be erected.

On the last day of his visit to the United States, Putin was in Washington where he had two-hour talks with Bush in the White House and then met with American oil business leaders, TASS reported.

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