Transcript of Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov Remarks at
Press Conference Following Talks with Algerian Minister of Foreign
Affairs Abdelaziz Belkhadem (Moscow, April 23, 2003)
Foreign Minister Ivanov: We have had meaningful talks. We
are for the further development of bilateral relations on the basis
of the Declaration on Strategic Partnership, signed in 2001 by the
presidents of the two countries. Both sides are interested in
seeing the partnership realized in various fields. We are
developing and maintaining a continual vigorous dialogue, in
particular, in the economic field. We have agreed to promote the
holding of a meeting of the intergovernmental commission on
trade-and-economic cooperation in the middle of this year in order
to consider the possibilities for the further development of our
We examined a number of international problems. Russia and Algeria
are supportive of the formation of a multipolar, safe and equitable
world order, and our countries stand for the strengthening of the
role of the UN and international law in dealing with major
international problems. It is from this vantage point that we view
the issues of postwar settlement in Iraq, and the situation in the
Middle East. We have agreed to coordinate further our efforts on
the international scene.
Question: Russia has made known its readiness to join
multilateral talks on North Korea's nuclear problem. When will
Russia participate in these talks? In case of failure of talks on
the North Korean nuclear problem, is North Korea in for the Iraq
Answer: Russia has always favored a political resolution of
the situation on the Korean peninsula. The main thing is that this
resolution should be carried out through dialogue. The format of
this dialogue is up to the contracting parties. We welcome the
start of consultations in Beijing. If positive accords are
successfully reached, we shall welcome it. If, however, at this or
that stage the parties decide that Russia's participation is
required, Russia will be ready for that.
Question: During the talks with the head of the Algerian
MFA, was the date of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin
to Algeria discussed?
Answer: The invitation to President Putin was conveyed
during the visit to Moscow of Algerian President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika in April 2001. This invitation was accepted with
gratitude. With regard to the visit date, it will be considered
taking into account the possibilities of both sides.
Question: How will you comment on the US charges against
Answer: Diplomatic relations exist between Syria and the
United States. Any concerns should be removed precisely within the
framework of these relations. A policy of threats, especially
without submitting any concrete evidence, may complicate the
already tense situation in the region.
April 23, 2003
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