DATE=9/6/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CLINTON-PUTIN (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-266211 BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=NEW YORK CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: President Clinton met Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York. The two powers appear no closer to resolving their dispute over U-S missile-defense efforts. VOA's David Gollust has details from New York. TEXT: Moscow considers the U-S missile defense project a violation of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty. And President Clinton's decision last week to leave the issue of deployment to his successor has apparently not altered the situation in a major way. In his U-N summit policy address Wednesday, Mr. Putin expressed alarm at what he said are plans for the "militarization" of outer space, and proposed an international conference on the issue next year in Moscow. He called the A-B-M treaty -which the United States wants to see amended to accommodate its missile defense effort - the foundation of the entire arms- control system. The Putin comments not-with-standing, Mr. Clinton sounded an optimistic note as he began his meeting with the Russian leader, saying his deferral of deployment "creates an opportunity" for Mr. Putin and the next U-S president to reach a common position: /// CLINTON ACTUALITY /// I hope they can, because I think it's very important for the future that we continue to work together. When we work together, we can destroy thousands of tons of nuclear material and lots of nuclear weapons and work together in the Balkans for peace. We can get a lot of things done to work together. /// END ACT /// After the 90-minute meeting, U-S officials appeared to raise the stakes in the debate by linking missile defense with the deeper cuts in the two powers' strategic arsenals sought by Moscow. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott said the United States is prepared to proceed "vigorously" with a START-Three arms-cutting deal - but he said it would have to be "in parallel" with "meaningful and productive" talks on missile defenses. The two leaders issued a joint statement on strategic cooperation stressing arms areas on which they do agree, including a commitment to finish an accord on the pre-notification of test launches of ballistic missiles and to tighten curbs on the export of missile technology. Mr. Talbott said President Clinton raised the case of Edmund Pope, a U-S businessman held in Russia since April on spy charges, and that Mr. Putin "understands the importance" that Mr. Clinton attaches to the matter. (Signed) NEB/DAG/TVM/PLM 06-Sep-2000 20:19 PM EDT (07-Sep-2000 0019 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .