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Nov 11, 2011

Putin doubts EFSF and IMF can overcome euro crisis

POZDNYAKOVO, Russia, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Russian Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin expressed doubt on Friday that the
European Financial Stability Facility and the IMF have enough
resources to overcome the euro zone crisis and said the
“collapse” of Italy would be a catastrophe that must be avoided.

“Our leading experts believe that without direct
intervention from the ECB (European Central Bank) this problem
cannot be solved. The EFSF, alone or cooperating with the IMF,
does not have the necessary resources,” Putin said at an annual
meeting with Russia experts outside Moscow.

Nov 9, 2011

Russia orders five Yasen class nuclear subs

SEVERODVINSK, Russia, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Russia announced
plans to build five nuclear submarines and made $9 billion worth
of orders for the navy on Wednesday as part of an ambitious
programme to modernise its army and fleet spear headed by Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin.

Putin, who will seek his third term as president next year,
visited Alexander Nevsky, the new Borei class nuclear submarine,
which will carry Bulava intercontinental missiles, and attended
the signing ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard on the White Sea.

Nov 7, 2011

Russia warns against any military strike on Iran

MOSCOW/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russia and Iran warned the West against a military strike on the Islamic Republic on Monday, saying an attack targeting its nuclear program would lead to civilian casualties and create new threats to global security.

The separate remarks by foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov of Russia and Ali Akbar Salehi of Iran coincided with speculation about a potential Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear sites ahead of the release of a U.N. watchdog report expected to cast more light on suspected military aspects to Iran’s nuclear activity.

Nov 7, 2011

Russia raps euro-zone crisis management

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Russia, holder of
the world’s third largest foreign reserves, gave a vote of no
confidence on Monday in Europe’s handling of its debt crisis as
the head of the International Monetary Fund visited Moscow to
seek support.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin faulted the construction of
the euro zone’s bailout fund, the European Financial Stability
Facility (EFSF), and reiterated that Russia and other major
emerging nations would prefer to channel any aid via the IMF.

Nov 2, 2011

Russia says reached deal with Georgia on WTO entry

MOSCOW, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Russia removed the last major
hurdle to its 18-year-old bid to join the World Trade
Organization on Wednesday by agreeing to a compromise deal with
Georgia, and it could now join the global trading club within
months.

WTO entry would make Russia’s $1.9 trillion economy, the
biggest outside the 153-member club, more attractive to
investors and cement Russia’s integration into the world economy
two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Nov 1, 2011

Putin invokes history’s lions for return to Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has an answer for Russians worried that his return to the presidency next year will usher in an era of stagnation: study the careers of Franklin D. Roosevelt or Charles de Gaulle.

Putin could be president until 2024 if he wins the maximum two successive terms and by then would have ruled for almost a quarter of a century.

Nov 1, 2011

Analysis: Putin invokes history’s lions for return to Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has an answer for Russians worried that his return to the presidency next year will usher in an era of stagnation: study the careers of Franklin D. Roosevelt or Charles de Gaulle.

Putin could be president until 2024 if he wins the maximum two successive terms and by then would have ruled for almost a quarter of a century.

Oct 27, 2011

After 18 years, Russia on verge of WTO membership

TBILISI/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia was close to joining the World Trade Organization after being offered a “take it or leave it” compromise Thursday by its tiny neighbor Georgia, the last holdout in Moscow’s tortuous 18-year path to membership of the global trading club.

Russian entry to the WTO would be the biggest step in world trade liberalisation since China joined a decade ago, and the United States and the European Union have urged all sides to try to settle membership terms by the end of this year.

Oct 18, 2011

Putin lays out case for Kremlin return

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin laid out his case for a return to Russia’s top office in a televised interview on Monday, casting himself as the best guarantor of a bright future in a country haunted by upheaval in the recent past.

Putin also offered hints of the foreign policy he might pursue during his presidency, saying Russia will not “put on the mantle of some superpower” and punch above its weight, but warning that it would fiercely defend its interests.

Oct 17, 2011

Putin hints Medvedev PM job not a done deal

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin laid out the case for his return to the Kremlin on Monday and suggested President Dmitry Medvedev’s role in any future government was not yet a done deal.

Putin and Medvedev revealed plans last month to switch roles in 2012, with Putin running in a March presidential election he is almost certain to win, and making his protégé Medvedev prime minister.