RUSSIAN Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said that Russia and the United States have reached a certain stability in their relationship, which means that they can discuss even sensitive issues such as human rights.
He was speaking during the summit meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart George W Bush in Slovakia on February 24.
Yakovenko said that Russia, just like the United States, stands for democratic processes in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
He rejected criticism that Russia has problems observing democratic principles.
The spokesman also dismissed media comments that there are limitations on press freedom in Russia. According to him, there is plurality in the Russian media.
By Beata Balogová, Spectator staff
24. Feb 2005 at 20:32