Putin Content With US Intention To Hold Anti-Missile Defence Consultaitons

At a press-conference following Russian-Uzbek talks, Vladimir Putin also touched upon the intention of the American Administration to hold anti-missile defence consultations with European partners, including Russia. "I hope it will be a constructive dialogue," he said. The Russian president drew attention to Bush's words about the USA's unwillingness to look at Russia any longer as an opponent or enemy. He believes it is a favourable ground for a positive dialogue-its results to be seen in time. Putin professed the principle of "do no harm" in the sphere of international security. "While improving and modernising the system of international security, one should avoid any tendency toward deterioration," said Putin. He suggested abiding by two tenets-that of never destroying the international security system that obtains and that of joint action.

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