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Putin Emphasizes Central UN Role, Calls U.S. Ties A Priority

President Vladimir Putin (file photo) (epa) 8 November 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today emphasized the central role in international affairs of the United Nations and its Security Council, which he called "the only universal mechanism of securing peace and stability."

Putin made the comments as he received credentials of new ambassadors to Russia.

He also said relations with the United States are "one of the key priorities of Russia's foreign policy" and called for improving business ties between the two countries.

"We view our relations with the United States as one of the key priorities of Russia's foreign policy," Putin said. "Thanks to consistent joint efforts, Russian-American cooperation has reached an absolutely new quality. We are pleased to note that our cooperation is becoming more and more stable and is filled with concrete action. It is based on our common interest in strengthening strategic stability and fighting the new global challenges and threats."

Welcoming Georgia's Ambassador Irakli Chubinishvili, Putin offered Russia's help in resolving Georgia's regional conflicts. Georgian leaders accuse Russia of seeking to undermine its stability by supporting separatists in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.