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Russian Federation

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Prime Minister if, during his meeting with President Putin of Russia on 29 April 2003, he raised the issue of the assistance the United Kingdom is providing to the Russian Federation to manage its surplus military plutonium stockpile. [111705]

My talks with President Putin focused on Iraq, the importance of rebuilding the international consensus and working together with Russia and others to deal with the humanitarian and reconstruction issues as well as the need to transfer authority to the Iraqi people as quickly as possible. The issue was not raised.