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State Dept: We Don't Want to Isolate Russia

Friday, 24 December 2004 12:00 AM

He was responding to President Putin's statements about relations with the U.S., the situation in Ukraine, and the sale of Yukos's subsidiary at yesterday's news conference in the Kremlin.

It is important to maintain the type of relations with Russia that allow cooperation with Russia as a very important member of the international community and not ignore it, which the US has been openly accused of and which it fears may happen, he said. He added that that contradicts the United States' approach and interests.

Mr. Ereli said that the Russia-NATO Council and Washington's support of Russia's entry into the WTO were examples of successful cooperation.

This can be seen in the U.S.'s cooperation with Russia on Iran and in the six-sided talks, and in its work with Russia in the Middle East quartet and in the contact group on the Balkans, Mr. Ereli added.

According to him, these are only some of the examples.

The U.S. is pleased with the election campaign in Ukraine before the new round of the presidential elections.

Mr. Ereli said seemed like the campaign was going well. He said he hoped that the coming Ukrainian elections would conform to the international standards of freedom and honesty and that there would not be any coercion or intimidation.

There will be many observers, and the eyes of the whole world will watch the developments in Ukraine more closely than during the two previous rounds, he said.

With regard to Rosneft's purchase of Yuganskneftegaz, the U.S. State Department criticized the Russian authorities' actions.

Mr. Ereli said in view of the latest events in the Yukos case, the U.S. is disappointed with the way this case was conducted and does not believe that it was conducted transparently and openly.

He said the U.S. thinks this will send the wrong message to foreign investors and may negatively impact Russia's role in the global economy.

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