MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. The number of the UN member countries, with which Russia has agreements on friendship or on basics of relations, will soon exceed 70 and will continue growing on, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the State Duma legislators on Friday.
"We continue this work," he said. "I am confident, that in future we shall pass the level of 70 to move on," he said.
"Russia has agreements on friendship or on basics of relations with about one-third of the UN member countries, namely with 67," he said. "We continue the ongoing work on adjusting, signing and further ratifying of those basic documents, including with countries of Latin America, where, we hope, quite soon will be the countries which sign documents of the kind."
However, the deputy foreign minister continued, signing of such agreements is not necessary in all cases.
"Some countries, following their principle positions, are not ready to have such agreements with the Russian Federation," Ryabkov explained. "With other countries we cannot see it necessary, as the legal base of relations is even wider and in fact there is no added value in framework agreements there."