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Putin, Jiang Discuss World Security

June 8, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed world security with his Chinese counterpart Jiang Zemin in a telephone conversation Thursday, the Kremlin said.

Both giant nations are concerned about the latest U.S. attempts to modify the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty so as to allow Washington to build a new missile defense system, and both have warned that ABM amendments could trigger a new arms race.

The Chinese Xinhua news agency quoted Putin as saying that Russia wanted to deepen its strategic partnership with China and cooperation on major issues of international security and stability.

Jiang, in turn, praised China’s ties with Moscow and said the two nations were highly responsible for world security as permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, it reported.

Putin and Jiang also spoke about cooperation in international organizations and bilateral ties, said Putin’s foreign affairs adviser Sergei Prikhodko.

The two presidents decided to hold a bilateral meeting at the fifth summit of the Shanghai-5 group of three former Soviet Central Asian republics, China and Russia, scheduled to take place in July in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Putin, who also is to pay a working visit to China in mid-July, said he was looking forward to meeting Jiang, Xinhua reported.

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