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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

President Welcomes 11 New Ambassadors

MTDutch Ambassador Jan-Paul Dirkse, left, Putin, Burns, and Marcial Bobadilla Guillen of Paraguay raising a toast.
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday emphasized the central role of the United Nations in international affairs and called for stepping up the joint fight against terrorism as he received credentials of new ambassadors from 11 countries, including the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and Georgia.

Putin also said relations with the United States were "one of the key priorities of Russia's foreign policy," and called for improving business ties between the two countries. Career diplomat William Burns was named U.S. ambassador to Moscow earlier this year.

Putin, who had close ties with outgoing German Chancellor Gerhard Schr?der, said that "Russia's cooperation with Germany has acquired a strategic character in recent years."

Putin also welcomed Georgia's ambassador, Irakly Chubinishvili, and offered Russia's help in solving Georgia's regional conflicts -- a sensitive issue because Georgian leaders accuse Russia of seeking to undermine its stability by supporting separatists in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

"Today our sincere urge for cooperation with Georgia are manifested, among other things, by consistent efforts to provide assistance to the political settlement of regional conflicts," Putin said.