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Russian Security Council chief discusses missile defense problems with Romanian president

June 18, 2013, 11:45 UTC+3

Nikolai Patrushev and Traian Basescu discussed state and prospects for Russian-Romanian relations

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MOSCOW, June 18 (Itar-Tass) - Secretary of Russia's Security Council Nikolai Patrushev discussed with Romanian President Traian Basescu international security problems in connection with the development of global missile defense, the SC press office reported on Tuesday.

During his visit, Patrushev met with the Romanian president, Prime Minister Victor Ponta, head of the National Security Department of the Presidential Administration Julian Fota, speaker of the lower house of parliament Valeriu Stefan Zgonea and Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean.

"The parties discussed state and prospects for Russian-Romanian relations, exchanged views over the most pressing problems of international and regional security, including the situation in Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey and the issues of developing the global missile defense system," the press service said.

Prospects for international in fuel and energy sector and military cooperation made a separate topic for discussion.

Following the consultations, the parties signed a memorandum of understanding between the administration of the Security Council of the Russian Federation and the National Security Department of the Administration of the Romanian president. Romania accepted the invitation to take part in the fourth international meeting of high representatives in charge of security issues in Vladivostok in July 2013.


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