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2 September 200418:30

RUSSIAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SERGEY LAVROV SPEAKS TO BRITISH SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS JACK STRAW

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Unofficial translation from Russian

PRESS RELEASE

A telephone conversation took place on September 2 between Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and British Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Jack Straw.

Citing British Prime Minister Tony Blair's stand, Straw expressed support for the Russian leadership over the taking of hostages in North Ossetia and the British side's readiness to lend help in freeing them.

Lavrov thanked his British counterpart for the gesture of support and offer of help. The Russian side, he stressed, is making every possible effort to free the people seized by terrorists.

September 2, 2004

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