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Spring 2008 The Ambassadors REVIEW 31 The US-Russia Strategic Framework Declaration The White House April 6, 2008 From March 17-19, 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates traveled to Russia to meet with their counterparts, Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Anatoly Serduykov, to discuss opportunities for US- Russian cooperation. Following their visit, President Bush and President Putin met in Sochi, Russia on April 6, 2008, and released a US-Russia Strategic Framework Declaration which will guide US-Russian relations in the years to come. The following text is extracted from the Fact Sheet on the US-Russia Strategic Framework Declaration, issued by The White House on April 6, 2008. * * * resident Bush and President Putin issued on April 6, 2008, in Sochi [Russia], a Declaration setting forth a framework for strategic cooperation between the United States and Russia. The Declaration outlines key elements of ongoing and new strategic initiatives between the two countries, including steps to promote security in the face of new and emerging threats; prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction; combat global terrorism; and advance economic cooperation. The Strategic Framework Declaration also acknowledges differences between the two countries, while agreeing to discuss these differences in a forthright manner without allowing these differences to prevent cooperation in other important areas. The Declaration also commits both governments to respect the rule of law, international law, human rights, tolerance of diversity, political freedom, and a free market approach to economic policy and practices. Among the areas of cooperation identified in the Strategic Framework Declaration are: Promoting Security Missile Defense . The leaders expressed their interest in creating a system for responding to potential missile threats in which Russia and the United States and Europe will participate as equal partners.
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