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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Sends Bush Letter of Thanks

ReutersKremlin chief of staff Dmitry Medvedev shaking hands with Colin Powell at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday.
President Vladimir Putin thanked U.S. President George W. Bush for his support over last week's metro bombing and pledged that Russia would remain a "reliable and predictable partner" for the United States, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

In his letter, Putin thanked Bush for his "condolences and solidarity" in connection with the rush-hour blast Friday and emphasized the need to further "expand and deepen" joint anti-terror efforts, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The letter was delivered to Washington by Putin's chief of staff, Dmitry Medvedev.

Bush called Putin hours after the blast, which killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 100, to express condolences to the Russian people. In a statement, Bush said that "the United States stands with Russia in opposing terrorist acts and in our determination to bring the perpetrators to justice."

In his letter to Bush, Putin praised the progress achieved in bilateral relations since the September U.S.-Russian summit and added that last month's talks in Moscow with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell had brought good results.

Putin denounced what he called "speculation about some kind of chill between Russia and the United States," saying it did not correspond to reality.

"I believe that through practical work we will be able to convincingly show everyone that the foundation of partnership underlying our ties remains unshakable," Putin said. "Russia will remain a stable, reliable and predictable partner."

Medvedev, meanwhile, met Tuesday with Bush, Powell, White House chief of staff Andrew Card and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Itar-Tass reported.

(AP, MT)