Working visit to Portugal
November 23, 2004
President Vladimir Putin and Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Santana Lopes held a press conference following their talks.
Answering a question about the presidential election in Ukraine, Mr Putin said that Russia can neither recognise nor contest the results of the election as they have not been officially announced yet.
The President warned against using OSCE observers to provide a political assessment of the election in Ukraine. If people continue using OSCE members for such purposes, the organisation will continue to lose its international standing and even the very sense of its existence, Mr Putin said.
November 23 17:40
President Vladimir Putin met with Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Santana Lopes.
Following their talks the two sides approved a statement in connection with Mr Putin’s first visit to Portugal.
The statement sets out the main directions for bilateral cooperation between Russia and Portugal and states Moscow and Lisbon’s positions on international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, relations between Russia and the European Union and NATO and cooperation within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
November 23 17:30
President Vladimir Putin and Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio made a press statement following their meeting.
Statements for the press by President Vladimir Putin and Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio
November 23 15:40
President Vladimir Putin began his official visit to Portugal by meeting with Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.
The official welcome ceremony took place at the Belen Palace, the official residence of the Portuguese President.
A guard of honour formed ranks in the inner courtyard and a military orchestra played the two countries’ national anthems.
Once the ceremony was over the two Presidents entered the palace and Mr Putin signed the guest book.