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Vladimir Putin received credentials from six new ambassadors to Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin received credentials from six new ambassadors to Russia on Tuesday. The credentials came from ambassadors of Indonesia, Sudan, Slovakia, Georgia, Switzerland and Cambodia. The ceremony was held in the Alexandrovsky hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace. It was attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Chief of the Kremlin administration for international issues Sergei Prikhodko. The president wished the ambassadors success in their mission in Russia and expressed confidence that interesting work, years full of bright impressions and important affairs were awaiting them. "I am sure that your Russian colleagues will spare no effort to help you attain the targets you set yourselves in Moscow," said Mr. Putin. Russia's priorities in international affairs remain the same, Mr. Putin said at the ceremony. "The Russian Federation will remain an active and responsible participant in international processes. We will continue to pursue an honest and open policy in regard to our neighbours and the entire international community," said the head of state. During the ceremony, Mr. Putin also urged the international community to join hands in the face of terrorism. "The recent tragedy in Spain reminded us of the need for solidarity and unity. We will only manage to defeat international terrorism together," said the president. "Russia will continue addressing all these problems on the basis of international law and within the UN framework," Mr. Putin assured the diplomats. When addressing Georgian Ambassador Konstantin Kemularia, the president stressed that Russia was ready to help Tbilisi in solving the current issues. "We attach huge importance to the implementation of political agreements on the fight against international terrorism and to the security of our common borders," said the president. "Russia is interested in close, good-neighbourly relations with Georgia," he said. He recalled that the two peoples were linked by deep centuries-long traditions of co-operation, and cultural and spiritual resemblances. The visit of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to Moscow made it possible to outline promising areas of bilateral relations, said the Russian leader. (During his working visit to Moscow, Mr. Saakashvili named ambassador Konstantin Kemularia his closest companion.) When talking to Slovakia's new ambassador, Mr. Putin praised the fact that the simplified visa regime had been preserved between the two countries. "This is a good example to follow," said the president. Mr. Putin was satisfied to note the dynamic development of relations between Russia and the Slovakian Republic. "Slovakia remains Russia's important partner in Central Europe, and we are ready for further development of traditional friendly ties," said the head of state. When describing Russia's relations with other countries whose ambassadors had presented their credentials, the president noted that Moscow intended to co-operate with them actively. In particular, he said that friendship and co-operation with Indonesia was Russia's priority in the Asian direction. According to the president, Moscow attaches huge importance to the agreements reached during the 2003 visit of the Indonesian president to Russia. "The Declaration on the Fundamentals of Friendship and Partnership Relations that Ms. Sukarnoputri Megawati and I have signed opens new prospects for co-operation in bilateral and international issues," said the Russian head of state. "Long-standing friendship traditions are linking us with Sudan - a major African nation," Mr. Putin said and wished this country and its people early solution of the Sudanese conflict, peace and prosperity. "We will continue to consolidate Russian-Sudanese ties in various spheres," said the president. Russia is interested in favourable development of Russian-Swiss relations. "Russia and Switzerland are important partners on the political dialogue," said the president. According to him, both countries are successfully developing co-operation in the trade and economic, scientific and cultural areas. "We highly value the friendship between Russia and Cambodia," he said, adding that considerable co-operation potential had been accumulated in bilateral relations, conducive to its further expansion. "We are set on active interaction with Cambodia in international affairs for the sake of security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region," said the Russian leader.
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