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Russia Favors Internationalizing Internet Management - Putin

Little Girl at Computer Next to GlobeGENEVA. June 15 (Interfax) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin believes that internationalizing Internet management is becoming a key issue on the world arena.

At a Wednesday meeting with Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union Hamadun Toure he thanked him for several ideas of the union. "One of them is internationalizing the management of Internet with a certain oversight function on the part of the International Telecommunication Union," Putin said.

"If we are speaking of making international relations more democratic, then such an important sphere as information exchanges, internationalizing management is a major issue on the agenda of international relations," Putin said.

He recalled that Russia had been one of the founders of the union and intends "to take most active part in its work."

At the beginning of their conversation Putin said to Toure who had studied in Russia: "You cannot imagine how pleasant it is to meet a townsman so far away from home!"

"As a graduate of a college in Leningrad I regard myself as a man from St. Pete and a representative of Russia," Toure borne in Mali replied in Russian.

"We highly appreciate Russia's scientific contribution on a world scale, especially in communications - the launch of the sputnik and the first human flight to space," he said.

Toure also thanked Russia for its activeness in the union.

The International Telecommunication Union is a veteran international organization playing a central role among international organizations in telecommunications.

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