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Nov 1, 2013

Russian PM guarantees security at Sochi Olympics

MOSCOW, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The Russian government and security services will overcome security threats and can guarantee safety at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

In an interview with Reuters, Medvedev said Russia had taken a number of safety measures around the city, which borders the volatile North Caucasus region where Islamist insurgents wage nearly daily violence.

Nov 1, 2013

Russian PM plays down talk of gas wars, warns Ukraine on EU

MOSCOW, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev said he saw no reason for Moscow to cut gas supplies to
Ukraine over an unpaid bill for now, playing down talk of an
imminent “gas war” that might disrupt gas flows to Europe.

In an interview with Reuters, he denied Russia’s demands for
payment had anything to do with opposition to Ukraine signing
agreements with the European Union this month which would mark a
historic shift away from former imperial master Moscow.

Oct 28, 2013

Risking Russia’s ire, Georgia seeks closer ties with Europe

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia’s new president said on Monday he would press ahead with efforts to deepen the former Soviet republic’s ties with the West despite Russian concerns.

European leaders and observers hailed Sunday’s “clean” election won by Georgy Margvelashvili, an ally of billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, as a sign that democracy is maturing in the small South Caucasus state.

Oct 27, 2013

Incoming Georgian president is no ‘superman’

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia’s next president, Georgy Margvelashvili, fits in perfectly with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s vision of a nation free of politicians who want to be “superman”.

Margvelashvili, a little-known confidant of the billionaire premier, won a landslide victory in the former Soviet republic’s presidential election on Sunday after only a year in politics.

Oct 27, 2013

Billionaire PM cements grip in Georgia, ally elected president

TBILISI (Reuters) – A little-known ally of billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili won a landslide victory in Georgia’s presidential election on Sunday, cementing the ruling coalition’s grip on power after Mikheil Saakashvili’s 10-year rule.

Georgy Margvelashvili’s triumph concentrates power and will make policy-making easier in the former Soviet republic because Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream coalition now controls both the presidency and the government for the first time.

Oct 27, 2013

Ex-Soviet Georgia votes for president after Saakashvili era

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia voted for a new president on Sunday after Mikheil Saakashvili’s decade in power, but the election is unlikely to end political uncertainty in the former Soviet republic.

The front-runner to replace Saakashvili, a pro-U.S. leader who has served the maximum two terms, is Georgy Margvelashvili, a little-known member of the Georgian Dream coalition which ousted the president’s cabinet at the polls a year ago.

Oct 27, 2013

Ex-Soviet Georgia votes for president, enters new era

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia voted for a new president on Sunday in an election that will bring the curtain down on Mikheil Saakashvili’s decade-long rule but is unlikely to end political uncertainty in the former Soviet republic.

The front-runner to replace Saakashvili, a pro-U.S. leader who has served the maximum two terms, is Georgy Margvelashvili, a member of the Georgian Dream coalition which ousted the president’s cabinet in an election a year ago.

Oct 26, 2013

Ex-Soviet Georgia enters new era with presidential poll

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia elects a new president on Sunday in a vote that will end Mikheil Saakashvili’s decade-long rule and test confidence in the ruling Georgian Dream coalition led by billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.

The front-runner to replace Saakashvili, a pro-U.S. leader who fought a war with Russia and has served the maximum two terms, is Georgy Margvelashvili, a member of the coalition which ousted the president’s cabinet in an election a year ago.

Oct 25, 2013

Georgian PM promises not to try to jail Saakashvili

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, hoping to ease fears of instability, says he will not try to jail President Mikheil Saakashvili when his rival steps down after Sunday’s election.

In an interview with Reuters on Friday, he reaffirmed a plan to quit as the former Soviet republic’s premier in the weeks after Sunday’s vote and revealed he would nominate a member of his government to replace him, but gave no name.

Oct 9, 2013

High stakes for Putin as his Olympic dream nears

SOCHI/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his personal and political prestige on February’s Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi, yet despite the $50-billion price tag the Games could still be an embarrassing flop.

If all goes to plan, the costliest Games in history will be a showcase for Russia’s achievements under Putin, the vindication of a six-year vanity project on a truly Soviet scale.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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