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MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. Russia is ready to cooperate with the United States on the basis of non-interference in domestic affairs and equality, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday during the credentials ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors, including US envoy John Tefft.
“We are ready for practical cooperation with American partners in various directions on the principles of respect of each other’s interests, equality and non-interference in domestic affairs,” Putin said.
The Russian president said he presumes that “Russia and the United States bear special responsibility for preserving international security and stability, and for countering global challenges and threats.”
Putin said he is confident that current disagreements between Moscow and Warsaw can be settled on the basis of mutual respect and joint effort, receving credentials from Polish Ambassador Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz.
“We should do much today to bring our relations to a new level. I believe that any problems can be settled on the basis of mutual respect and pragmatism,” Putin said, recalling that Russia and Poland were linked with many centuries of common history.
Russian-Polish relations have been tense recently. This rift is caused by different positions, particularly over Ukrainian crisis, standoff of sanctions which affected Polish economy after it lost the possibility to export its agrarian produce to Russia. Mutual expulsions of diplomats from Poland and Russia allegedly for activity incompatible with their status are one of recent manifestations of tension.
The Russian leader noted that Moscow shares Budapest’s plans to intensify dialogue and to implement joint large-scale investment projects.
Putin said that Hungary is considered one of the most important political, trade and economic partners for Russia. He sid the relations of the two countries are based on a rich history and mutual respect of the two nations. “We share Hungarian leadership’s intention to step up constructive dialogue and implement jointly quite large-scale planned investment projects,” Putin said.
The deepening of political and trade-economic cooperation between Russia and North Korea (DPRK) strengthens regional security and stability, Putin said when receiving credentials from North Korea’s new Ambassador to Russia Kim Hyung-joon.
“The further deepening of political ties and trade-economic cooperation undoubtedly serves the interests of the peoples in both countries and ensuring regional security and stability,” said the Russian president.
On Tuesday, Putin received DPRK Leader Kim Jong-un’s special envoy Choe Ryong-hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK). Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Choe Ryong Hae delivered to Moscow a message from the North Korean leader.
Russia plans to develop cooperation with Vietnam, particularly in the fuel and energy sector, that meets mutual interests, Putin said receiving a diplomat from Vietnam.“Stronger strategic partnership fully meets long-term interests of our countries,” he said. “We are broadening cooperation in the fuel and energy sector, including peaceful atom and the oil and gas industry, and are working on concluding a free trade treaty between the Customs Union [Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan] and Vietnam,” Putin said.
The president recalled that he had constructive talks with the Vietnamese president at the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. “We expect Secretary General of the Vietnamese Communist Party Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong to visit Russia next week,” he added.
Russia is equally interested in cooperation with the West and the East, Putin stressed. Russia is interested in tapping Asia-Pacific potential for development of Siberia and the Far East, Putin said. “Meanwhile, we are equally interested in developing interaction and cooperation with the East and the West,” he noted.
The president noted that exactly this logic was laid as a basis of the Eurasian Economic Union which would start operating on January 1, 2015. “Our strategic task remains unchanged — to create a common economic space from the Atlantic to the Pacific in the future,” Putin added.