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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will arrive in Russia for a two-day visit April 19
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will arrive in Moscow for a two-day visit April 19, officially to prepare the ground for a meeting between George Bush and Vladimir Putin during the VE-Day celebrations in Moscow. But both sides see something more to the visit, writes Vremya Novostei. "We plan to change the persisting stereotypes in U.S. interpretation of modern Russian realities, when certain quarters there are trying to sow mistrust in Moscow-Washington relations and the search for access to genuine partnership becomes a painful process," said a spokesman of the Russian Embassy in America's press service. The diplomat believes that the information background on Russia created in the U.S. is not conducive to the development of bilateral relations. The U.S. regards, if not as an adversary, then as a rival and a source of instability. American experts also detect a special meaning in Ms. Rice's Moscow visit. Michael A. McFaul, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Russian Domestic Politics), said the visit by Ms. Rice, rather than any other top official from her department, had a special meaning. The forthcoming Putin-Bush meting will be very important. It may become the main meeting between the two presidents during their second terms, the analyst thinks. Their next meeting is scheduled for the G8 summit in Moscow in 2006, after which a new election cycle will begin in both countries. If the presidents really want to do something for bilateral relations, they will signify their desire during the May meeting, said McFaul. They will have no time afterward. Another major element of the visit is Ms. Rice's intention to bring personal assurances about Bush's subsequent route (he plans to visit the Baltic states and Georgia). McFaul believes the secretary of state will try to explain to the Kremlin that this is not a challenge or an attempt to humiliate Russia.
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