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Office of the Spokesman
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December 13, 2002


U.S. and Russia Discuss Joint Historical Project

In accordance with the agreement reached in an exchange of letters between Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov in February 2002, Russian-American consultations were held in Washington on December 10-12, 2002, regarding the publication of a joint compilation of documents related to the development of Soviet-American relations during the period 1969 to 1976. The meeting followed on a similar set of talks held in Moscow in June 2002.

The participants in the consultations from the Russian side were the Director of the History and Records Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Piotr Stegny, Deputy Director Olga Ivanova, expert consultant of the History and Records Department A.I. Filyev, Professor V.O. Pechatnov of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and First Secretary and Consul of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United States Roman Ambarov. Participants from the U.S. side were the Historian of the U.S. Department of State, Marc J. Susser; Deputy Historian David Herschler; Acting General Editor Edward C. Keefer; Chief of the Policy and Outreach Division Paul Claussen; and Department of State historians David Geyer, Douglas Selvage, and Vicki Futscher.

During the consultations, the two sides discussed issues related to the preparation of joint documentary volumes for the 1969-1972 period. Agreement was reached on a methodology for preparation of the volumes.

Under Secretary of State for Management Grant Green hosted a luncheon in honor of the Russian delegation. Afterwards, the delegation toured the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State.

Librarian of Congress James Billington hosted a luncheon in honor of the Russian delegation, after which it received a tour of the Russian Collections and the Manuscript Reading Room at the Library of Congress.

The two sides plan to hold their next meeting in Moscow in early summer 2003.

Released on December 13, 2002

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