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Moscow will seek closer ties with the United States but will not tolerate interference in its affairs, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin.
Putin set out foreign policy priorities in a wide-ranging decree signed hours after his inauguration to a six-year term as president.
The decree said Russia wants to bring cooperation with Washington "to a truly strategic level".
But relations must be based on "equality, non-interference in internal affairs and respect for one another's interests".
It said Russia will continue to seek guarantees that U.S. missile defences are not aimed at undermining Russia's security by weakening its nuclear deterrent.
Police arrested opposition protesters near the Kremlin today just before Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as president for a third term. Some 40 people gathered on the corner of Tverskaya Street near the National Hotel shouting anti-Putin slogans.
Special forces police in riot gear arrested about 20 people and formed a cordon, pushing the protesters away from the Kremlin area.
At least 20 others were detained by police on a street near the route of President Putin's motorcade to his inauguration ceremony in Moscow. They included some who had been sitting outside a French bistro wearing the white ribbon of protest on their jackets and coats.
Moscow police said about 120 people had been detained for staging unsanctioned pickets and most would soon be released. Elsewhere in the capital, several thousand people staged a rally supporting Putin.
President Putin was sworn in as president in a ceremony attended by some 2,000 people in the Kremlin's St Andrew Hall - the former throne room resplendent with chandeliers, gilded pillars and high Gothic vaults.
Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as Russia's new president for the next six years. It is his third presidential term.
In his speech, he said that the year ahead would be crucial for Russia and that he wanted to strengthen the economy and democracy in the country.
Vladimir Putin will today receive Russia's "nuclear briefcase" as part of his inauguration as Russia's news president.
According to Russia's state news agency, RIA Novosti, the briefcase contain the codes to the nuclear arsenal.
The briefcase looks similar to a laptop case and allows the president to give the order to launch a nuclear weapon, by transmitting the launch permission code to the commanding staff of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF).
It also gives the president early-warning signals of any nuclear attack.
Russia's defence minister and chief of the General Staff also have smiliar nuclear switches.
Vladimir Putin will be inaugurated as Russia's new president in a glittering ceremony in the Kremlin's St Andrew Hall today.
He will take his oath before nearly 2,000 guests before being blessed by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church and taking charge of the nuclear suitcase - a briefcase containing the codes to Russia's nuclear arsenal.
Riot police in Moscow have begun arresting protesters who were trying to reach the Kremlin in a demonstration on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president.
President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed the head of Russia's accident-prone navy and named a new air force chief on his last full day in office as he prepares to take the No. 2 post under Vladimir Putin.
Medvedev, who is on track to become prime minister after Putin returns to the presidency on Monday for a six-year term, has replaced the heads of the army, navy and air force in the past two weeks.