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17 August 200414:08

RUSSIAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SERGEY LAVROV SPEAKS TO US SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL BY TELEPHONE

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Unofficial translation from Russian

PRESS RELEASE

A telephone conversation took place on August 16 between Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, in the course of which certain international problems were discussed.

In relation to a question raised about the situation in South Ossetia, Lavrov informed Powell of the measures being taken by the Russian side for the removal of tension and a cease-fire in the zone of conflict and for a continued political dialogue in the framework of the existing negotiating mechanisms. Powell backed this approach.

August 17, 2004

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