British Prime Minister Tony Blair Arrives On A Short Visit In Moscow Thursday

British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives on a short unofficial visit in Moscow on Thursday evening. In accordance with a recent agreement reached over the telephone, Blair is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said yesterday. The meeting will be informal, so the Russian President and the British Prime Minister will discuss "all the range of the Russian-British relations and the two countries' cooperation in the international arena." According to Ivanov, Vladimir Putin and Tony Blair will also consider joining efforts in fighting international terrorism and rebuffing new threats and challenges. "It is necessary to pass from general political statements to concrete ways of security provision," Russian Foreign Minister stressed. Besides, they will examine the model of the European security. Igor Ivanov believes, "No matter how powerful the state is, it cannot counter international terrorism all by itself." Blair is to leave Moscow early in the morning, October 5.

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