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Obama to meet Medvedev 'soon': Kremlin

world Updated: Nov 09, 2008 03:22 IST

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US president-elect Barack Obama want to meet "soon," the Kremlin announced on Saturday.

During a telephone conversation, Medvedev and Obama spoke about "the need to organise a meeting soon," said the Kremlin in a statement, without specifying a date.

The two men "underlined the priority nature of relations between Russia and the United States, their positive development (being) not only important for the two countries themselves, but for the international community more generally," it said, adding that the desire for "international stability" demanded "constructive and positive cooperation."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that a meeting between the two leaders could take place on November 15 on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Washington on the global financial crisis.

In a congratulatory telegram to Obama early on Wednesday, Medvedev called for a "constructive dialogue" between Russia and the US.

However, he also launched a violent diatribe against Washington, which he judged responsible for the financial crisis and Russia's clash with Georgia in August, voicing the hope that "the new US administration will choose to have good relations" with Russia.

The Russian leader also announced the deployment of missiles in Kaliningrad to "neutralise" the US anti-missile shield due to be installed in Europe which remains a chief bone of contention between Moscow and Washington.