WASHINGTON, Sept 23—Warning that without urgent attention, U.S.–Russia relations could lead to a protracted period of confrontation and counterproductive activity, a group of former Ambassadors urged Washington and Moscow to make every effort to relieve the immediate tensions surrounding the unstable situation in the Caucasus. In a joint statement they also outlined steps to help both governments work together more effectively on key issues of mutual interest, including arms control, Euro–Atlantic regional security, terrorism, and financial issues.

Meeting at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington for a two-day conference on U.S.–Russia relations, Ambassadors Alexander A. Bessmertnykh, James F. Collins, Yuri V. Dubinin, Arthur A. Hartman, Jack F. Matlock Jr., and Thomas R. Pickering called for reflection and restraint on both sides and urged that Russian–American relations not be left hostage to political inertia.

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