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Jun 25, 2012

Netanyahu urges action on Iran after meeting Putin

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday it was time to ramp up sanctions against Iran to try to curb its nuclear programme after discussing the matter with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In his first public comments on the inconclusive round of talks in Moscow last week between world powers and Iran, Netanyahu repeated Israel’s three core demands.

Jun 25, 2012

Iran, Syria on agenda for Putin’s Israel visit

NETANYA, Israel (Reuters) – Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday urged visiting Russian President Valdimir Putin to take steps to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

Putin’s trip to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan is seen as an effort to increase Russia’s clout in the region at a time when the West and some Arab nations have criticized Moscow’s stance opposing their efforts to force out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Jun 21, 2012

Russia says BRICS eye joint anti-crisis fund

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Major emerging economies may set up a joint anti-crisis fund if they do not receive enough say in decision making at the International Monetary Fund under proposed voting reforms, a senior Russian official said.

The leaders of BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – pledged at the Group of Twenty summit in Mexico to chip in $75 billion to boost the IMF’s lending power but had sought to tie the loans to voting reforms.

Jun 21, 2012

Russia says BRICS eye joint anti-crisis fund

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Major emerging economies may set up a joint anti-crisis fund if they do not receive enough say in decision making at the International Monetary Fund under proposed voting reforms, a senior Russian official said.

The leaders of BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – pledged at the Group of Twenty summit in Mexico to chip in $75 billion to boost the IMF’s lending power but had sought to tie the loans to voting reforms.

Jun 18, 2012

Obama, Putin say Syria violence must end, no plan agreed

LOS CABOS, Mexico (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Monday on the need to end violence in Syria but they showed no concrete signs of narrowing their differences on tougher sanctions against Damascus.

After a week of Cold War-style recriminations between U.S. and Russian diplomats, the talks at a Group of 20 summit in Mexico tested whether the two leaders could forge a working relationship and find common ground on Syria and other festering disputes.

Jun 18, 2012

Obama to press Putin on Syria at G20 amid skepticism

LOS CABOS, Mexico (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will press Vladimir Putin over Russia’s role in the Syrian crisis when they meet on Monday but appears to have little chance of persuading him to budge on Moscow’s resistance to tougher U.N. action against Damascus.

After a week of Cold War-style recriminations between U.S. and Russian diplomats, the talks at a Group of 20 summit in Mexico will test whether the two leaders can forge a working relationship and find common ground on Syria and other festering disputes.

Jun 13, 2012

Russian top investigator threatens reporter, paper says

MOSCOW, June 13 (Reuters) – A Russian newspaper editor said
on Wednesday he had ordered a prominent reporter to leave the
country after he received death threats from the country’s chief
investigator.

Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s
top investigative publication, told Reuters his deputy Sergei
Sokolov faced threats from Alexander Bastrykin, Chairman of
Russia’s Investigative Committee.

Jun 13, 2012

Russian investigator bodyguards threaten reporter, paper says

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian newspaper editor said on Wednesday he had ordered a prominent reporter to leave the country after he received death threats from the bodyguards of the chief investigator.

Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s top investigative publication, told Reuters his deputy Sergei Sokolov faced threats from Sergei Bastrykin, Chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee.

Jun 8, 2012

Russia’s Putin signs anti-protest law before rally

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Friday a bill that will dramatically increase fines for people who take part in protests that violate public order rules, just days ahead of the next planned rally against his 12-year rule.

Putin told a meeting of top judges in his native St. Petersburg that he decided to sign the bill despite objections from his own human rights adviser, Mikhail Fedotov, who asked the president to veto it.

Jun 7, 2012

Gazprom offers field swap with China to aid gas talks

ASTANA, June 7 (Reuters) – Gazprom has proposed
swapping production assets with China under a long-term deal to
ship Russian gas to the world’s fastest-growing energy consumer,
which has been stalled over disagreements on price, Russia’s
energy minister said on Thursday.

Russia has for years been engaged in painstaking talks with
energy-hungry China over gas supplies, as Moscow tries to
diversify its markets away from Europe, where it covers around a
quarter of gas needs.