For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 27, 2003
U.S. Russian Federation Joint Statement
Joint Statement Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation
September 27, 2003
President George W. Bush and President Vladimir V. Putin held productive discussions at Camp David, Maryland, on September 26 and 27, 2003. Building on the Joint Declaration on the New Strategic Relationship of May 24, 2002, and other joint documents, they focused on practical ways to broaden and deepen cooperation and partnership between the United States and Russia, overcoming obstacles and fulfilling their shared vision of a new strategic relationship to deal with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
The Presidents discussed a broad range of bilateral and international issues, including counter-terrorism; preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; the situations in the Middle East, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and the six-party talks on North Korea; the situations in Moldova/Transnistria, Georgia/Abkhazia, and Nagorno-Karabakh; strengthening the NATO-Russia relationship; progress in creating conditions to expand economic and commercial relations; cooperation in high technology, housing and health; and people-to-people contacts, as well as other questions of mutual interest.
The Presidents agreed on next steps in a number of areas to strengthen the existing U.S.-Russia partnership. They issued specific instructions to their respective governments identifying tasks to be undertaken by the appropriate agencies and specifying timelines for doing so, and they underscored their shared intention to monitor fulfillment of these tasks. In particular, they identified key areas where progress might be made in the near term, including, among other issues:
The Presidents agreed to remain in close contact to ensure progress across the broad agenda that they have defined.
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