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Putin Replies to Obama Letter

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted his written reply to a personal letter President Obama sent in April, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, who handed over the response, met on Wednesday with Obama and national security adviser Tom Donilon in Washington. The document "outlines [Putin's] vision of the current state and prospects of bilateral relations in various areas," according to the Russian Embassy in Washington.

Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov in April said Obama's letter includes several recommendations to bolster communication and collaboration between the sides on ballistic missile defense and in other areas. However, antimissile issues will not be addressed by a number of agreements slated for announcement after the U.S. and Russian leaders meet on June 17 and 18 in Northern Ireland, ITAR-Tass on Friday quoted Ushakov as saying.

The Russian president's reply suggests "practical measures that Putin expects to discuss with Obama," Ushakov said. "Missile defense will be surely discussed” at next month's meeting, but the talks are unlikely to yield any deal on the matter, according to the official.

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