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Acting President Vladimir Putin sent a message to Croatian President Stepan Mesic, congratulating him on his inauguration

February 17, 2000

The message said, in part:

”I firmly believe that it is important to maintain a high level and dynamics of political relations between Russia and Croatia. The foundation for that is the Declaration on Friendly Relations and Cooperation signed in Moscow in December 1998.

”Despite disagreements on certain issues, we have developed a good understanding on key international problems.“

Mr Putin emphasized that is was important to develop a more proactive approach to Russian-Croatian trade and economic cooperation, which is the material basis of bilateral relations. There is a huge potential in the sphere of scientific and cultural exchange, and contacts between people.

February 17, 2000