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Russia to seek integration in world economy - Foreign minister

MOSCOW. Jan 29 (Interfax) - Russia "will consistently stick to a policy of integration in the world economy," Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said, speaking at a board meeting of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) in Moscow on Wednesday.

"This is Russia's strategic policy based on our irreversible choice in favor of democracy and a market economy," the minister said.

To win a strong economic position, Russia "will pursue an active and multi-vector foreign policy," Ivanov said. "The world is working out new rules of the game now, including those in the economy. We can make others respect our interests only if we are actively involved in this process," he said. Russia "is not going to wait for someone to come and give us the leftovers fromt the offers available." It intends "to actively participate in decision-making" in world affairs, he said.

The economic area is among the unconditional priorities in the Russian Foreign Ministry activity, Ivanov said.

The minister admitted that Russian business "is entering world markets with a significant lag," because "we communicated with the world economy through a narrow window of state monopoly for decades."

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