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Dec 1, 2009

Russia shifts stance on Iran, Ahmadinejad defiant

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will join any consensus on more sanctions against Iran, a senior Russian diplomatic source said on Tuesday after Tehran declared it would expand nuclear activity in defiance of a U.N. rebuke.

It was a thinly veiled Russian warning to Iran of waning patience with its failure to allay fears it aims to develop atom bombs in secret, and hinted that Iran could no longer rely on Russia to stop tougher world action against it.

Nov 28, 2009

Russian train crash kills 25, terrorism suspected

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The crash of a luxury train in Russia killed 25 people and injured up to 63 more, an official said on Saturday, and sources suggested it may have been an act of terrorism.

“Twenty-five people died in the accident,” an official reported to Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu during a meeting televised by Vesti-25 television, hours after the crash.

Nov 20, 2009

Masked gunman kills Russian priest at Moscow church

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A masked gunman entered a church and murdered a Russian Orthodox priest who had received death threats for converting Muslims to Christianity and criticizing Islam, prosecutors and church officials said Friday.

The killing could threaten delicate relations between the powerful majority Russian Orthodox Church, which has close ties to the Kremlin, and the country’s growing Muslim minority of about 20 million.

Nov 18, 2009

Russia makes emissions pledge, confusion on WTO

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Russia set a new target for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions at a summit with the European Union on Wednesday but failed to clear up confusion over its plans to join the World Trade Organization.

The EU said the promise to make further reductions to those planned was a boost for climate talks in Copenhagen next month, and the good atmosphere at the meeting was a sharp contrast to previous EU-Russia summits that have been marred by disputes.

Nov 18, 2009

Russia wants quick WTO entry as separate entity

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Russia wants to join the World Trade Organization on its own but will synchronize its entry with Kazakhstan and Belarus, its partners in a customs union, a Russian official said on Wednesday.

His comments after trade talks with the European Union removed some of the confusion caused by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in June when he said Russia would join only as part of the customs union — an unprecedented move for the WTO.

Nov 16, 2009

Obama presses Iran on atomic deal, Tehran defiant

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Sunday time was running out for diplomacy in a dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme, but a top Iranian official said it was up to the West to show it sincerely wanted a deal.

Russia and France, both involved in talks with Iran over what the West fears are its plans for an atomic bomb, also put pressure on Tehran, with French Foreign Bernard Kouchner saying the Islamic republic looked set to reject a U.N.-drafted accord.

Nov 15, 2009

Russia, U.S. leaders discuss arms pact, Iran

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Russian and U.S. presidents said on Sunday they hoped to strike a new deal for arms cuts by the end of the year.

After talks in Singapore as part of efforts to “reset” relations between the two countries, officials on both sides acknowledged unresolved problems in the talks on a new arms pact to replace START I, which expires in December.

Nov 15, 2009

Obama says time running out for Iran on nuclear deal

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday time was running out for diplomacy to resolve a crisis over Iran’s nuclear program, but Russian President Dmitry Medvedev offered softer criticism of Tehran.

The United States had been willing to give Iran time to decide whether to accept a U.N.-brokered deal meant to allay suspicions it is after atomic bombs but which has drawn Iranian objections, a U.S. diplomat said a week ago.

Nov 12, 2009

SNAP ANALYSIS: Medvedev sets ambitions for Russia, shy on detail

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday outlined his vision of Russia as one of the world’s leading innovative economies and a mature democracy, but gave few clues on how this could be achieved.

Public expectations of his state of the nation address were high after Medvedev published a blueprint in September, saying in a striking confession Russia had to tackle its “ineffective economy, semi-Soviet social structure and weak democracy.”

Nov 10, 2009

Russia’s Medvedev replaces Yeltsin-era governor

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Tuesday replaced the veteran governor of a Urals mountains region, one of the last of a generation of powerful regional heads who held sway before a return to centralized Kremlin rule.

Eduard Rossel, 72, belonged to a wave of leaders who bid to win more autonomy for their fiefdoms in the first post-Soviet decade but who were tamed by former president and Medvedev mentor Vladimir Putin.