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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 6, 2008

President Bush Meets with President-Elect Dmitry Medvedev of Russia
Russian President's Office
State Residence of the President of Russia
Sochi, Russia

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11:20 A.M. (Local)

PRESIDENT-ELECT MEDVEDEV: (As translated.) Good afternoon, Mr. President -- we meet again. I would like to once again thank you for warm congratulations on my election. I'm grateful for the congratulations.

President Putin and you, over these last eight years, have done a lot to advance Russian-U.S. relationship, and the relationship between Russia and the United States is a key factor of international security. When I officially assume my duties, I would like to do my best to keep up that relationship -- our relationship so there will be constructive engagement between us.


President George W. Bush shakes hands with President-elect Dmitry Medvedev at the top of their meeting Sunday, April 6, 2008, at the State Residence of the President of Russia, Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi, Russia. President Bush thanked the President-elect, saying, "I'm looking forward to getting to know you, so we'll be able to work through common problems and find common opportunities." White House photo by Chris Greenberg PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you. Look, it seems like there's a lot of interest in you, Mr. President-Elect. You've attracted a lot of cameras. (Laughter.) But I thank you for your kind words. Thank you for meeting with me and my delegation. And I'm looking forward to getting to know you, so we'll be able to work through common problems and find common opportunities.

Thank you, sir.

END 11:21 A.M. (Local)


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