Russia 101207 Basic Political Developments

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Russia 101207

Basic Political Developments

  • Moscow, Washington have strong political support for economic cooperation – ambassador

  • Russia, NATO may start cooperation on ABM – Beyrle: Following several years of tense relations over ABM, Russia and NATO may finally start cooperation in the area, says the US ambassador to Moscow John Beyrle.


  • China, 18 others to miss Liu's Nobel gala - It said the countries were: Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Serbia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Philippines, Egypt, Sudan, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco.


    • Moscow knew about NATO plans to protect Baltic States, Poland from "Russian aggressor" – source

    • WikiLeaks: NATO Expanded Baltic Defense Plans After Georgia Conflict

    • NATO's E.Europe plans amid Russia fears: WikiLeaks

    • Wikileaks: US-Nato plan to defend Baltics from Russia

    • Leaked memo describes Russia's security chiefs as maintaining 'a Cold War mentality'

    • WikiLeaks Shows Intel Blackmailed Russian Govt.

    • Intel threatened to pull out of Russia


    • Medvedev to take part in 26th Russia-EU summit - The Russian leader’s aide Sergei Prikhodko has voiced hope that the summit will complete the procedure of Russia’s joining the WTO… The Brussels summit agenda also features such important problems as climate change, energy security, economics, visa-granting, and also international and regional issues. The parties to the summit meeting will likewise take up Iran’s nuclear programme and some frozen conflicts. Sergei Prikhodko does not rule out that Russia and the European Union may sign a new framework agreement on cooperation some time next year.     

    • RF-EU summit to deal with visa issues, WTO, energy

    • Medvedev to attend RF-EU summit in Brussels Tue

    • One step closer to the WTO – EU-Russia summit kicks off in Brussels

    • Medvedev Heads for Tough EU Talks in Brussels - By Nikolaus von Twickel

    • Russia Moves Closer to WTO Membership With EU Breakthrough Deal

    • EU to sign trade document with Russia's 'lilliputian' - ANDREW RETTMAN

  • Kazakh govt approves documents on Common Economic Space - Minister for Economic Development and Trade Zhanar Aitzhanova said at a government session that 17 agreements had been drafted upon instructions of the heads of state of the Customs Union.

  • The first meeting with Vladimir Putin - Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi will Friday go to Sankt Petersburg for her first meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

  • Russian General Staff chief visits India - The chief of the Russian General Staff, Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov, will visit India on December 7-9 to discuss bilateral military cooperation, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

  • Russian nuke power company to set up production units in India - Atomstroyexport, which is building two 1000 MW reactors at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu, said it has decided to set up an equipment manufacturing unit in India considering the boom in the nuclear business and cut down timeframe for construction of atomic reactors.
    Germany halts plan to transport spent N-fuel rods to Russia - German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said that 951 spent fuel rods from an experimental reactor in former East Germany will remain at the present storage facility in Ahaus until further notice because safe reprocessing cannot be guaranteed at the Mayak nuclear facility in Russia.

  • Bulgaria: The EUR 6.3bn Belene deal a great success, says FinMin - Signing the memorandum with the Russian Rosatom only establishes the frame for the future negotiations on Belene. The real talks are still ahead, said Djankov.

  • Skolkovo plans to engage Swiss research companies - Russian research institutes - including the Bauman Moscow State Technical University and the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Aviation Materials, as well as Renova and Switzerland's Sulzer have already signed up for the project worth a total of $50m. According to RBC Daily, Renova's head and Skolkovo President Viktor Vekselberg is a minority shareholder in Sulzer.

  • Fuel overload blamed for Proton launch failure

  • Russian Helicopters win Brazilian tender to operate in Amazon basin - The Russian multi-role Mi-171A1, manufactured by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters holding company, won the tender of Brazil national oil company Petrobras to operate in the Amazon Basin.

  • Russian Helicopters Holding acquires 24.66% stake in Kazan Helicopters

  • Russia concerned about foot-dragging by International Tribunals - Russia is concerned about foot-dragging by the International Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. This came in a statement by the First Deputy Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Alexander Pankin during the Security Council meeting on Monday.

  • Russia must exorcise Stalin's legacy - Kremlin aide: Mikhail Fedotov told Reuters that people's minds were still shaped by decades of oppressive Soviet rule which discouraged them from questioning authority and taking initiative.

  • Major auto station to open at RF-Poland border Tue - A Mamonovo-2 major permanent versatile border-crossing station for freight-and-passenger vehicles opens in the Kaliningrad Region at the border of the Russian Federation (RF) and the Republic of Poland on Tuesday, Alexander Koshlin, deputy head of the Kaliningrad territorial department of the Rosgranitsa (Federal Agency for the Equipment of the State Border of the RF), has told Itar-Tass.

    • Medvedev Eyes Polish Privatizations

    • Russia, Poland focus on energy, trade

    • Beginning of meeting with Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk

    • Speech at Russian-Polish Public Forum

  • Russian sailors kept in custody in Puerto Rico

  • Putin to chair meeting of VEB Supervisory Board Tue - - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday will chair a meeting of the Supervisory Board of the "Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Activities" (popularly known as VEB) state corporation, the government press service announced.

  • Putin to meet with members of volunteer movement - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday will take part in a ceremony marking the summing up of the results of an all-Russia competition among higher and secondary specialized educational establishments for the right to establish centers for the training of volunteers for the 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Paralympic Games.

  • Another terrorist leader eliminated in Dagestan - The leader of a local terrorist group in Dagestan, Akhmed Abdulkemirov, has been killed, a source with the law enforcement bodies informs.

  • Russia must train experts on Islam in Caucasus - Kremlin envoy

  • March 2000 attackers detained in Karachayevo-Cherkessia - The gunmen involved in an attack on the federal forces in late February and early March, when 85 paratroopers were killed, were detained in Karachayevo-Cherkessia.

  • Khakassia governor holds emergency session on electricity failure

  • All Dimitrovgrad nuclear reactors shut down due to bad weather

  • Over 53,000 people in Ulyanovsk region left without electricity

  • Lenin monument blown up in St Pete suburb

  • Russia's Metro takes top spot - According to TNS Russia Data for the six months up to October 2010, the Metro-Moscow and Metro-St Petersburg had a joint readership of 1,445,900 a day. This took them ahead of the previous leader, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, which had 1,393,400 readers. Moskovsky Komsomolets was third an average readership of 1,150,600 per issue.

  • Russian Internet providers may avoid responsibility for sketchy content

  • Russian Man Indicted for 'Mega-D' Botnet Spam, FBI Says

  • Russian Press at a Glance, Tuesday, December 7, 2010

  • Russia Tries to Exploit European Disunity - Pavel K. Baev

  • Moscow Increases Its Focus on Solving the North Caucasus Riddle - Valery Dzutsev

  • MP's aide suspected of espionage confirmed as Russian citizen - source (Part 2)

    • 'Spy' confirmed Russian

    • New rules on visas would not have stopped 'spy' entering country - Tighter rules on student visas to be announced by the Coalition today would not have prevented the suspected Russian spy Ekaterina Zatuliveter entering the country.

    • Russian spy-row researcher Katia Zatuliveter monitored Liam Fox defence talks - Ms Zatuliveter, 25, monitored his speeches and blasted the way he called her native Russia our No1 threat. Writing online in 2008 before Dr Fox was part of the Government, she bitterly claimed the West believed "Russia is always wrong".

    • Russian spies: they can’t take their eyes off us - If Katia Zatuliveter was spying for Russia, she is proof that a new breed of agent is operating, and on a scale that exceeds the Cold War, says former KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky.

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