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Joint Press-Conference with the President of the United States, George W.Bush.Part 3
Совместная пресс-конференция с Президентом США Джорджем Бушем
16 сентября 2005 года
During the negotiations, we assessed how different tasks related to the development of Russian-American relations are being fulfilled. I would especially like to point out the development of our economic ties. The President just mentioned that we have mutual interests including in the energy sector, meaning the increasing scope of Russia's economy. We discussed all this in detail. Basically, this is a recurring subject of our meetings. We see huge possibilities for further increasing economic cooperation in the energy sector, in the high-tech field, and in space exploration. As you know, over the past few years, much has been done together, both in the U.S. and in the Russian Federation.
We discussed the possibility of Russia entering the WTO in detail. I am thankful to the President of the United States for understanding our interests during the negotiation process. I hope that also at the level of experts our specialists will be able to find some practical solutions. Despite the fact that they have to coordinate a great many different questions, a positive dynamic exists, and I would like to express the hope that the process results in specific outcomes.
In conclusion, I would again like to emphasise that together with the President of the United States, we are convinced that the firm bases of Russian-American partnership must be the many ties between our societies and citizens, between business communities and civil societies. After this meeting in the White House, I will have the chance to speak with the leaders of some major American companies. I hope that these meetings will be useful, since we will discuss concrete projects by which major American companies will participate in Russia's economy, first and foremost in the energy sector. Once again, I would like to thank the President for finding the time to honour our engagements despite the very difficult situation that exists in the regions affected by Hurricane Katrina. Of course, it was clear that his thoughts are constantly with those people and their problems. However, we still managed to complete the day's entire agenda. We discussed all the questions we had wanted to, agreed on the next steps for cooperation between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. I hope that this will be a good impulse for our cooperation in all the fields that I just mentioned.
Thank you very much for your attention.
QUESTION: With billions of dollars flowing out of Washington for hurricane relief, some Republicans are worried that you're writing a blank check that will have to be paid by future generations. Who is going to have to pay for this recovery, and what's it going to do to the national debt?
PRESIDENT BUSH: First of all, for our citizens who haven't seen what I've seen you've seen what I've seen it's we lost a lot of life and a lot of property. I mean, the area destroyed by the storm is the size of Great Britain. And we've got whole towns just completely flattened, just wiped out. And one of our great cities, New Orleans, is a lot of it is underwater. And by "underwater," I mean water over the rooftops. And those homes will be destroyed. Thousands of people won't have homes. And so this is an enormous task to help the region start growing again.
One of the commitments that I made last night is for the federal government to fund a significant portion of the infrastructure repair and rebuilding; in other words, our bridges and our roads. Our schools, the water systems are ruined, the sewer system is ruined. And I meant that when I said we will do that. Part of the recovery is to make sure there's an infrastructure that works.
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