Bilateral statements are set to be endorsed during President Bush's visit to Moscow later this month on the development of trade and economic cooperation and energy dialogue, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said in remarks after a meeting with US Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, carried by RIA Novosti. "These issues were the center of attention at my talks with Evans," Ivanov said. Commenting on the proposed lifting of the Jackson-Vanik amendment, he pointed out that "here, it's up to the United States." "Our position is well known and it is important at this point that US Congress make an appropriate decision," he pronounced. He expressed the hope that the administration "will continue make further efforts in that direction."
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign