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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
[Presenter] The head of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn, is the Russian president's first foreign guest in the new year. [Passage omitted]
The Russian president has long been holding regular meetings with the head of the World Bank and Putin today noted, first and foremost, the fundamental changes in Russia's relations with this financial organization, which he attributed to the country's economic success.
[Putin] The World Bank has given and continues to give Russia significant consultative help, especially in the first stages of our cooperation, but today too. And perhaps this has been one of the key …