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Russian, US Presidents Compare Notes On Libya, WTO Talks, Other Issues

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Moscow, 11 July: There was a telephone conversation between Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and US President Barack Obama on Monday (11 July), the Kremlin press service has announced.

"The US president began the conversation by expressing profound condolences over the tragic river cruiser accident on the Volga, in which many people had died," the press release says.

In the course of the conversation, the heads of state discussed issues of bilateral coordination with a view to helping resolve regional and international problems.

"As the heads of the states co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group, Medvedev and Obama exchanged views on the situation with the Nagornyy Karabakh settlement. The US president expressed his high opinion of the efforts undertaken by his Russian opposite number in this area, in particular at a recent meeting with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Kazan. Both sides stated their intention to continue taking coordinated steps with the aim of assisting Baku and Yerevan in their search for a peaceful solution to the problem," the press release says.

"Medvedev spoke of the hard work done by the Russian side recently in close coordination with the UN and the African Union with the aim of supporting the multilateral efforts to move the crisis in Libya on to the rails of peaceful political dialogue," it says.

"The heads of state reaffirmed both parties' intention to continue comparing notes on this and other international issues, noting in particular a favourable opportunity during the Russian foreign minister's visit to Washington, which is coming up in the very near future," the press release says.

Other topics of Russian-US cooperation were also touched upon in the detailed exchange of views.

"Special attention was paid to the need to conclude as soon as possible the coordination of positions on Russia's accession to the WTO (World Trade Organization). It was agreed in this connection to give the necessary impetus to the two countries' negotiating teams, which are to present the relevant report to the presidents very soon," the press service said.

According to the press service, Medvedev and Obama agreed to continue the practice of "synchronizing their watches", which had acquitted itself well, with the aim of achieving a more profound interrelationship.

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