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Russian president outlines Moscow's diplomacy priorities

07-13-2010 13:57 BJT

MOSCOW, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev outlined on Monday the priorities for Moscow's diplomacy in his speech at the opening of a two-day conference, where the ambassadors and representatives of the Russian Federation gathered, local media reported.

The Russian leader spoke about a number of issues the country's foreign diplomacy must focus on, including arms reduction, nuclear nonproliferation, and cooperation with NATO and former Soviet republics.

The president also urged the attendees to use foreign policy tools for resolving purely domestic problems, such as the country' s modernization program. He ordered the diplomats to draft a list of countries that would be "the most useful" in helping Russia tackle these problems.

According to the president, foreign diplomacy must work for strengthening the civil society institutions at home, and contribute to the improvement of the citizens' well-being and health. He offered to develop democratic standards together with other countries and to involve international elite in this work.

Medvedev listed as another important foreign policy issue the fight against international crimes, in particular terrorism and drug trafficking "that go hand-in-hand with corruption."

"We must work pragmatically, look at the various directions, work openly and refuse confrontation," Medvedev said.

Meanwhile, Russia is against one-sided approach to the anti- missile defense issues, the president told the conference.

"We are against deployment of weapons in space," Medvedev said, adding that Russia would like to keep the necessary level of its defensive capabilities.

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