Russia 110909 Basic Political Developments

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Russia 110909

Basic Political Developments

  • Russia seeks end of conflict in Syria - Russia maintains contacts with a maximum number of political forces in Syria with a view to end the current political crisis in Syria, Russia’s presidential envoy to Africa Mikhail Margelov said.

    • Report: Syria opposition says dialogue at dead end - RIA-Novosti and ITAR-Tass quoted Ammar Qurabi, head of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria, as saying Friday that the opposition is prepared to talk with the government but that authorities have responded only with bloodletting.

    • Situation in Syria ‘deadlocked’ – opposition leaders: . The head of the delegation, Ammar Qurabi, who leads the National Organization for Human Rights, stressed the situation in Syria has reached a deadlock, adding that the opposition insists on the ouster of the President Bashar al-Assad.

  • ‘No NATO plans to interfere in Syrian conflict’ - NATO is not planning to intervene in the Syrian conflict between Bashar al-Assad’s regime and anti-government protesters, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Dirk Brengelmann said while speaking on Echo of Moscow radio. He added that this issue is not on the alliance's agenda.

  • Russia's envoy to Africa to meet with Syrian opposition leaders in Moscow - Russian presidential envoy to Africa Mikhail Margelov will hold talks with a delegation of Syrian opposition leaders in Moscow later on Friday.

  • No direct Putin-U.K. contact ‘for 4 years’

    • To Russia with love: hopes David Cameron visit will signal new dawn - By Oliver Wright and Shaun Walker in Moscow

    • Cameron’s Russia Visit to Yield First U.K. Contact With Putin Since 2007 - By Robert Hutton

    • Russia's Putin to meet Cameron, ending 4-year freeze - By Adrian Croft

    • David Cameron's Russia visit chance to 'turn the page' says deputy MP - By Alex Spillius, Moscow

    • Analysis: Downing Street ready to move on from Litvinenko poisoning - David Cameron's trip to Russia next week shows that Downing Street is ready to move on from, if far from forget, the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London five years ago.

  • Magnitsky case investigtn not to be dropped without relatives consnt

  • Finland not in need of add'l Russian gas - Finnish foreign minister - Finland will be developing nuclear power, making additional supplies of Russian gas unnecessary, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said during an interview with Interfax.

  • Patriarch Kirill sympathizes with Angela Merkel over her father's death

  • Dmitry Medvedev’s interview to the Euronews TV channel – transcript

  • Russia calls for balanced approach to Syria - Medvedev

  • Ukraine pledges to abide by 2009 gas agreements with Russia - PM's press secretary

    • Ukraine pledges to abide by 2009 gas agreements with Russia

  • Medvedev hopes Ukraine will honor gas deal with Russia

  • Medvedev criticizes Ukrainian “friends” for gas dispute

  • Chinese official calls for building harmonious world at int'l political forum - Addressing the third edition of the Yaroslavl World Political Forum, Li made the appeal in a speech that highlighted a theme of building an inclusive and harmonious world while pushing forward modernization.

  • Tokyo to express concern to Moscow over Russia AF plane flights - The Japanese government intends through diplomatic channels to express to Moscow its “concern” over the Thursday flight of two Russian strategic bombers over the perimeter of the main Japanese territory, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday.

  • Japanese companies urged to invest in Russia - First Deputy Chairman of the Russian government Igor Shuvalov has urged Japanese companies to make investments in Russia and not to link business with political disagreement. 

  • Nomura empties offices, but denies Russian exit - Japanese investment bank Nomura has essentially closed its Russian operations, sources told Vedomosti on Wednesday, although the company denies it is pulling out of the country.

  • SKorea says Russia gas project might accelerate

    • Lee says Russia gas pipeline project could proceed 'faster than expected'

  • N. Korea urgently seeks jet fighters from Russia, China against South's superior air force

  • Russia wants West Bengal nuclear plant relocated - The government is looking at allotting another site for nuclear reactor to Russia in place of Haripur in West Bengal, a location marred by controversy. Confirming that the Russians have officially sought another site, government sources indicated a new site could be allotted soon.

  • Putin to attend Nizhni Tagil arms show - Putin will visit the Uralvagonzavod producer of the tank which said “it can fight in various weather conditions and achieve success in various types of modern ground combat.”

  • Defense Ministry may buy another batch of helicopter carriers Mistral without Rosoboronexport's mediation - Isaikin

  • Nothing bad in CIS as meeting club - deputy minister: “They say the Commonwealth has developed into a club for meetings and nothing else. Even if this were so what is bad in it? Mutual attraction remained,” Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov said in an interview with the Rossiyskaya gazeta published on Friday.

  • Religious leader meets Russian official - Deputy Chairman of Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Ilyas Umakhanov is on a visit to Azerbaijan.

  • Russia: Investigators examining plane's black box - Investigators have not yet been able to pinpoint what caused the Yak-42 jet to crash Wednesday into the banks of the Volga River shortly after takeoff from Yaroslavl, 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow.

    • Duma to hear report on Yak-42 air crash - The State Duma will hear a report of Minister of Transport Igor Levitin on the air crash of the Yak-42 plane near Yaroslavl. A corresponding resolution was adopted on Friday.

    • Ice hockey plane crash survivors remain in ‘grave condition’

  • Blast injures two policemen in Dagestan

    • At least 2 police officers injured as blast hits Russia's Dagestan

  • Cargo spacecraft crashed because of fuel supply problem

  • Roscosmos to enhance control of Soyuz rocket engines' production

  • Whistleblower major jailed for beating soldiers - The ex-major gained notoriety on the web in recent months after exposing corruption at an army base near Vladivostok in a video posted on YouTube.

  • Police raid Moscow bank linked to liberals - The masked police drove up to the bank, MFK, in which Mikhail Prokhorov is the main shareholder, in an unmarked black Mercedes and BMW.

  • Bank tied to Russian billionaire politician raided

  • Russian Press at a Glance, Friday, September 9, 2011

  • Medvedev tries to deflect criticism after aircraft crash - By Courtney Weaver in Moscow

  • Russian Airplane Crash Clouds Putin Goal of Building World-Class Economy - By Paul Abelsky

  • How a Tragic Plane Crash Reveals a Crack in Putin's Armor - By Simon Shuster / Moscow

  • The Economist: The mood of Russia - The Soviet Union was undermined by stagnation and a sense of hopelessness. Is the same thing happening again?

  • Dmitry Rogozin returns to domestic politics - Having got to know Europe from within, Dmitry Rogozin urges Russia not to repeat its mistakes Olga Tropkina (Yaroslavl)

  • The corrupt advantage in Russia - By Kathy Lally

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