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Congratulations to US President-elect Barack Obama

Vladimir Putin congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election as President of the United States of America.

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In his message to Mr Obama, the President noted that although the election campaign had been intense, the Democratic Party candidate succeeded in winning by a wide margin.

Mr Putin particularly stressed the results obtained in developing Russian-US relations over these last years, and expressed his hopes for continued constructive work together on the bilateral agenda and in resolving pressing international and regional issues, noting the key importance that cooperation between countries such as Russia and the USA has for ensuring the world’s stable and secure development.

The President also confirmed his invitation to Barack Obama to visit Russia next year.

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