All participants in the G8 ministers' meeting in Canada welcomed agreements reached during the Russian visit of US president George Bush, Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov said at a press conference.
According to him, the agreement on strategic offensive weapons cuts, the political declaration of new relations between Russia and the USA, and the creation of Russia-NATO Council were positively assessed.
Igor Ivanov believes that all this favourably influenced the atmosphere of international relations. According to him, it contributes to more effective solution of a number of questions, including the struggle against international terrorism, and arms control.
It is doubtless, Ivanov pointed out, that Russia-USA, Russia-NATO and Russia-EU summits have become an important element in creating a new political climate in the world.
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