Russia favours broad cooperation with YU

MOSCOW, May 16 (Itar-Tass) - Russia stands for the all-round promotion of its relations and its cooperation with Yugoslavia, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov stated here on Tuesday at the beginning of the talks with Yugoslavian Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic, who is paying a two-day working visit to Moscow.

Ivanov said that the "Tuesday talks will allow the sides to discuss the entire range" of their bilateral relations.

"It is very important for us to discuss the situation on the Balkans, including Kosovo. This is needed to further help settle this problem and to stabilise the situation in the Balkan region as a whole," Ivanov noted. The Russian foreign minister stressed that not only Russia was interested in the stability of the Balkans, but "this is also in the interests of the countries of that region as a whole and of the European continent, too". Ivanov also noted that Russia and Yugoslavia "have very close stands and this refers also to the United Nations and other international organisations".

The Yugoslavian foreign minister stressed in turn that Russia was Yugoslavia's strategically important partner. "We have come to Russia to promote our political dialogue, to discuss ways for expanding our cooperation in economy, science and technology, to explore the possibility of even broader cooperation on the international arena, to exchange views on the goals and results of our domestic political development," Jovanovic stated.

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