Russian Security Council secretary hands Putin's reply to Obama

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev handed Russian President Vladimir Putin's reply to U.S. President Barack Obama's letter dealing with the current state of bilateral relations and their prospects during a conversation with Obama in Washington.

The Russian Embassy to the U.S. said on its website that the letter was passed to Obama at Patrushev's meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, which the U.S. president joined later.

"The negotiations with Donilon passed in a businesslike and friendly atmosphere and were aimed at preparing further contacts on the top level," it said.

Patrushev also met with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.

During his visit to the U.S., Patrushev also met with Soviet-born WWII veterans currently living in the U.S.

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