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US seeks greater cooperation with Russia

world Updated: Feb 07, 2009 09:56 IST

The United States wants to see "deeper and greater cooperation" with Russia on issues of mutual national interest, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has said.

"This administration will be candid with the Russians when we disagree, but seeks a deeper and greater cooperation on issues of mutual national interest," Gibbs told reporters on Friday.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov on Friday urged the US administration to help renew a key nuclear disarmament pact, but warned the planned US missile shield expansion into Europe would not help matters.

"It is time we move further," with renewing the strategic arms reduction treaty (START), said Ivanov, a close ally of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Talks on renewing START, which led to huge reductions of the US and Russian nuclear arsenals after its signing in 1991, stalled under the administration of former US president George W Bush.

"The president's position on those missiles are if they're ... technologically capable and effective, and make sense from a fiscal standpoint, then it's something that he'll look at," Gibbs said.

"So obviously ... without commenting specifically on what he said, any sense of greater cooperation from Russia is something that we want to foster.