Moscow, Aug 5: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said cooperation between Moscow and Washington should advance after planned meetings between him and his US counterpart Barack Obama.
‘I expect the upcoming contacts on the fringes of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hawaii, G20 summit in Cannes and during your visit to Russia would provide further advances on bilateral and international issues,’ Medvedev wrote in a congratulatory message to Obama on his 50th birthday.
‘Despite serious global challenges and political risks you face, you manage to conduct important reforms of the financial system and social sphere in the US for the benefits of the future of America,’ Xinhua quoted the statement from the official Kremlin website.
The Russian president said he valued the trustworthy relations between him and Obama based on mutual respect and practical approach.
‘This facilitates the new quality of Russia-US cooperation,’ he said.
Medvedev and Obama earlier spoke over phone, where they confirmed both countries’ desire to see Russia join the World Trade Organisation by the end of 2011.