Russia 090508 Basic Political Developments

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Russia 090508

Basic Political Developments

  • A/H1N1

    • Two Russian tourists with running temperature put under quarantine - Two Russian tourists with the running temperature were put under quarantine on Thursday at a checkpoint in Laobao in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri on the border with Laos, a source in the Russian Embassy in Hanoi told Itar-Tass on Friday.

    • Russia signals may lift pork bans next month-USTR: Russia has signaled it may lift bans placed on pork in the wake of a global scare about a new flu strain as early as June 1, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative said on Thursday.

  • Lavrov says new START to be key issue at Russia-US summit - “The priority issue to be discussed at the summit will be the new treaty,” Lavrov said on Thursday in Carnegie Foundation. “We need a new treaty and we are actively working on it,” he added.

    • The results of Russian FM Lavrov's meetings in Washington are reassuring – Rogozin: The results of Lavrov's meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are reassuring. We have hope that the process of the so-called reset or review of our relations, despite the fact that it is subjected to tests, is not broken," he said, adding: "We will move farther."

    • ITAR-TASS: Obama sees “excellent opportunity” to reset relations with Russia.

    • RIA: Obama confident that U.S., Russia can improve ties

    • AFP: Obama 'hopeful' of improving US-Russian ties

    • ITAR-TASS: Exact day of Medvedev-Obama summit to be made public in a few days

    • AP: Obama, Russia looking past their differences

    • Russia: Toughening Iran sanctions unwise - Foreign Minister Lavrov visits Washington for first time since Obama administration took office, tells American counterpart that Moscow is interested in pressuring Tehran, but believes aggravating punitive action would not be a clever move

    • Aljazeera: US and Russia hold nuclear talks - The US and Russia are keen to act on preventing nuclear proliferation and safeguarding nuclear facilties, the US secretary of state has said.

    • Might the US Recognize Abkhazia and Turn Moscow’s Victory into Defeat? – By Paul Goble

  • Putin’s Tokyo visit to boost trade ties - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit Tokyo from May 11-13 on an official visit expected to focus on forging stronger economic and trade ties with Japan.

  • Interview: Masao Fujita, chairman of the Japan Business Club, talked to The Moscow News about the climate for foreign businesses investing in Russia.

  • Russia, Japan to Sign Nuclear Energy Accord on May 12 (Update1)

  • Russia cools down Japan’s territorial expectations

  • Japan backs Russia's intention to make "energy window" to East –ambassador: "The main thing is that Russia now intends to make an 'energy window' to the East, to Asia, and on the other hand, Japan intends to make a window from the East. Our interests coincide here, and that is very important," said the Japanese Ambassador to Russia Masaharu Kono

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: “Recent agreements reached by Azerbaijan and Armenia are promising

  • Finnish President Says Europe Must Cut Russia Energy Dependence - “Finland and all the other European countries, we are too dependent on imported energy,” Halonen, 65, said in an interview in Helsinki yesterday afternoon. “We should be using a broader variety of energy resources.”

  • Border agency wants better Arctic ports - The Russian Border Agency (Rosgranitsa) calls for the modernization of several Russian Arctic ports following new oil and gas activities and the higher international focus on the region.

  • Russian arms dealer files lawsuit against US special service - Viktor Bout, a former Soviet military major and arms dealer, charged by the US with arms-trafficking has filed lawsuits against three officers of the American special service

  • Nicaragua plans to buy Russian combat aircraft, helicopters - "We are holding talks with Russia on the purchase of 4 to 8 helicopters and two aircraft for Nicaragua's Armed Forces," said Gen. Omar Halleslevens, the chief of the Nicaraguan army.

  • Second modified Progress cargo ship lifts off towards ISS.

  • Russia says cargo ship on way to space station

  • Russia successfully launches space freighter to ISS

  • Roskosmos denies that the piece of space rocket fell on the residential house roof

  • Home hit by Russian space debris - A part of a Russian booster rocket used to deliver a spacecraft into orbit has fallen on the roof of a two-storey home in Russia’s Altai Region, in South Siberia, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported on Friday quoting a source in the local directorate of the Emergencies Ministry

  • Dmitry Medvedev address the Georgian citizens - Dmitry Medvedev address the Georgian citizens

  • Common history can reconcile Russia, Georgia: Medvedev

  • Medvedev will mark 64th Victory in Europe-Day by participating in memorial actions

  • Military to Showcase New Missiles at Victory Parade - The military parade will begin at 10 a.m., and it will be possible to see the tanks making their way along Tverskaya Ulitsa beforehand and leaving Red Square afterward along Novy Arbat.

  • Moscow Bans Gay Parade - Moscow City Hall said Thursday that it would not allow a gay pride parade that activists organized to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest final.

  • Moscow bans gay rights parade on Eurovision day

  • Moscow city authorities will not allow gay parade - mayor's spokesman

  • New Moscow Police Chief - Former St. Petersburg police chief Mikhail Vanichkin could be tapped to take over as head of the Moscow police, an Interior Ministry source told the Rosbalt news agency.

  • Russian Supreme Court bans Islamic organization Tablighi Jamaat - The Russian Supreme Court has recognized the international religious organization Tablighi Jamaat as extremist and banned its activity in the Russian territory, thus granting the prosecutor general's motion, Prosecutor General's Office spokesperson Marina Gridneva told Interfax.

  • U.S. Brothers Found Guilty of Espionage - A Moscow court has convicted an American employed at oil firm TNK-BP and his brother of spying on Gazprom and handed them suspended sentences, a court spokeswoman said Thursday.

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