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Ambassador Kirk Participates in U.S.-Russia Business Dialogue

06/04/2009 - 4:40pm

Ambassador Kirk arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia last night for the International Economic Forum. Today he participated in a U.S.-Russia Business Dialogue, one of many sessions hosted by the Forum. Some of the topics covered were:

  • What part does the economy play in "resetting" the relationship between Russia and the U.S.?

  • Can the economy serve as the main engine in U.S.-Russia relations?

  • What is the role of business circles in normalizing American-Russia relations?

After the meeting, Ambassador Kirk, as well as U.S. and Russian trade and business leaders, answered questions from reporters and spoke about the dialogue.

Ambassador Kirk told reporters that he had a thoughtful and productive conversation with First Deputy Premier Igor Shuvalov. He is looking forward to continuing these dialogues during the forum, and working to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Russia.

The International Economic Forum continues tomorrow. Visit the Forum's website to watch online videos of some of the sessions.