Views on BG | September 10, 2001, Monday // 00:00

Russian News Agency Interfax

Russia supports the strengthening of Balkan stability and meeting the Helsinki principles, among them the inviolability of the borders in that region, First Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Avdeyev said at a round table meeting on Russian-Bulgarian cooperation on 10 September. For example, `in Macedonia Russia is trying to do its best to stop the spread of Kosovo extremism and terrorism into other countries`, he said. Bulgaria `has been and can be a territory of stability in the Balkans, and Russia is interested in developing bilateral relations on the basis of mutual benefit, confidence and new forms of economic activity`, Avdeyev noted. `Such cooperation will conform to the interests of the two countries.` Russia `is ready to offer Bulgaria cooperation in the energy industry, gas transportation, electricity, oil, atomic energy and the military-technical sphere`, the diplomat noted.

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