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May 8, 2013

Kerry avoids criticism of Russia on rights record

MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Russian human rights activists on Wednesday but disappointed many by avoiding any harsh criticism of the Kremlin’s record on civil liberties and democracy.

A day after talks in Moscow at which he and Russian officials agreed to try to bring Syria’s warring parties together to discuss ending a civil war, Kerry discussed with human rights campaigners what they say is a clampdown on dissent by President Vladimir Putin.

May 7, 2013

U.S., Russia push for rapid talks to end Syria carnage

MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russia and the United States have agreed to bury their differences over Syria and hold urgent international talks to find a settlement that can end the carnage of a civil war that is inflaming the entire Middle East.

Visiting Moscow after Israel bombed targets near Damascus and as President Barack Obama faces new calls to arm the rebels, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia had agreed to try to arrange a conference as early as this month involving both President Bashar al-Assad’s government and his opponents.

May 7, 2013

Russia, U.S. to convene Syria peace conference

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and the United States agreed on Tuesday to convene an international conference, possibly by the end of this month, to try to end the civil war in Syria and prevent bloodshed tearing the country apart.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry announced the agreement after talks in Moscow, despite their countries’ differences over Syria, and said the Damascus government and the rebels fighting it should be invited.

Apr 24, 2013

In Boston’s wake, Sochi eyes Olympics, Chechens

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Pass the metal scanner on arrival at Sochi station or watch Cossacks patrol the streets of the 2014 Winter Olympics venue and you know it did not take the Boston Marathon bombs to alert Russian organizers to two facts:

One, that a major sporting event makes a prime target for terrorism; and, two, that Chechens and other Muslim peoples of Moscow’s restive Caucasus mountain provinces around Sochi nurse deep historic grievances that pose a constant risk of violence.

Apr 21, 2013

Russia’s Islamist rebels say not at war with Washington

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A group leading an Islamist insurgency against Russia said on Sunday it was not at war with the United States, distancing itself from last week’s Boston Marathon bombing.

Ethnic Chechen Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in a gunfight with police following a manhunt that shut down Boston on Friday, and his younger brother Dzhokhar, 19, are suspected of carrying out the attack last week.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston suspects bring echo of Chechnya’s bloodshed

April 19 (Reuters) – During the lifetime of the two Boston
bombing suspects, their homeland Chechnya has seen two Russian
invasions unleash some of Europe’s worst bloodshed in
generations, and produced fighters who carried out attacks on
civilians that shocked the world.

So far there has been no claim of responsibility for the
attacks on the Boston Marathon or evidence made public of the
motivations of the suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston bombers bring echo of Chechnya’s legacy of violence

April 19 (Reuters) – During the lifetime of the two Boston
bombing suspects, their homeland Chechnya has seen two Russian
invasions unleash some of Europe’s worst bloodshed in
generations, and produced fighters who have carried out horrific
attacks on civilians.

So far there has been no claim of responsibility for the
attacks on the Boston Marathon or evidence made public of the
motivations of the suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev.

Apr 2, 2013

Russia’s top Olympic investors complain over cost overruns

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Some of the biggest investors in Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics in the resort city of Sochi are requesting financial help from the government to help ease the burden from the Games’ estimated $50 billion price tag.

In a letter obtained by Reuters on Tuesday and addressed to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who is responsible for the 2014 Games, four major companies listed measures they want adopted to help them “secure a minimum return on investment”.

Mar 22, 2013

Russia says U.S.-Georgia military exercises threaten peace

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia criticized the United States and Georgia on Friday over their joint military exercises in the former Soviet republic, accusing Washington of putting peace at risk five years after a war between Moscow and Tbilisi.

The United States started annual training exercises in Georgia in 2010, two years after Tbilisi fought a five-day war with its former Soviet master over two breakaway Georgian regions.

Mar 22, 2013

China’s new leader visits Russia on first foreign trip

MOSCOW, March 22 (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping sent
a signal to the United States and Europe on Friday by visiting
Russia on his first foreign trip as president, underlining the
importance of Beijing’s growing alliance with Moscow.

The world’s largest energy producer, Russia, and its biggest
consumer, China, want particularly to bolster their clout as a
financial and geopolitical counterweight to Washington, whose
“Asia pivot” regional strategy worries Beijing.

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