George Bush told about key topics included in his speech planned for the day concerning a new vision for ways to preserve peace on Earth. He stressed that the United States had no intention to take unilateral decisions on strategic stability issues.
Vladimir Putin thanked George Bush for the information and confirmed Russia’s readiness for cooperation with the United States in the two countries’ progress towards further reductions of nuclear weapons and a search for ways to counter potential threats without incidentally destroying the structure of disarmament agreements created over the past thirty years.
During their conversation, the Presidents focused on coordination of their countries’ efforts aimed at settling regional problems. They exchanged their viewpoints on possible steps that might promote a Mideast settlement.
The Presidents also touched on preparations for the Russian-American summit scheduled for the summer of 2001. A forthcoming visit of Russia’s Foreign Minister to the United States due in mid-May 2001 should be another stage in preparations for the summit.
The Presidents agreed to continue their regular exchange of opinions on current issues concerning Russian-American relations and the international situation, regardless of the summit.