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News summary for November 26

November 27, 2012, 9:01 UTC+3
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MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev does not rule out that he may once again run for presidency if he remains strong and healthy enough.

“If I will be strong and healthy enough and if our people entrust me to such job in the future, I don’t rule out this turn of events,” he said adding that all that depended on a number of factors.

The prime minister does not make far-reaching plans as of yet, including as concerns the candidacy of the future head of government. According to him, it is more important at the moment to “justify the credit of trust we have received from the people”.


MOSCOW — Russia is unlikely to have a two-party system, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday in an interview with the AFP (Agence France-Press) news agency and the Le Figaro newspaper ahead of his visit to Paris.

“I think we are unlikely to have a two-party system in the next few years to come,” he said. “In any way, our political, our party system is much closer to the European system, including the one in France, which have much more parties.” Various political alliances are to emerge, in his words. “It is quite normal, and as a matter of fact, this is the authorities’ response to the changing situation around civil society, to the social demand, to people’s position,” he noted.


MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev does not rule out that the state’s presence in the Rosneft oil and gas company may be below the controlling stake.

“The state must of course decide here on what is expedient, and to which extent it can reduce its presence,” the prime minister said in an interview with the AFP (Agence France-Press) news agency and the Le Figaro newspaper ahead of his visit to Paris.


MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he would have turned down his government post if Russia had a president other than Vladimir Putin.

“I would have hardly become the prime minister under any other president. I cannot even imagine it,” Medvedev said in an interview with the AFP (Agence France-Press) news agency and the Le Figaro newspaper ahead of his visit to Paris. There is only one man I feel comfortable to work with after being the president is Vladimir Putin.” Moreover, the prime minister stressed he would not have agreed to take the post of Russia’s prime minister if Russia had other president. “It is not that easy to change to the premier’s chair after being the president,” he noted.


MOSCOW — The power has reacted adequately to the occasions of direct violations of laws during the rallies in Bolotnaya Square, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the France Presse Agency and Le Figaro newspaper on the eve of his visit to Paris.

“I do not think that the power’s reaction was excessive in cases where the law had been violated directly,” he said. “Any marcher, who beats a policeman, would be in prison, if this happens abroad.” At the same time it does not matter what slogans are offered, and who this person was supporting – the Red or the White, the opposition or the present power.


MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that his stance on the sentences to the Pussy Riot punk group and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky remains unchanged.

In his interview with the AFP news agency and the Le Figaro newspaper ahead of a visit to Paris, the prime minister expressed his personal opinion about the Pussy Riot case. The girls from Pussy Riot now know only too well what it is like in prison, and the term they have already served is sufficient enough, he said. But there is also the position of the court, the prime minister stressed.


MOSCOW — Russia supplies to Syria arms for defence from external aggression under existing contracts, RF Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Agence France Presse (AFP) and Le Figaro newspaper on the eve of his visit to Paris.

“Taking military cooperation, it started not today, and this military cooperation has always had an absolutely legal, in fact, open nature – we have never delivered to the incumbent president’s regime nothing that would not comply with international conventions,” he explained.


GORKI — Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev does not rule out a life ban for visiting sports games for those involved in grave violence at stadiums.

The prime ministers called an administrative ban to visit sports events a “normal measure in all countries.”


MOSCOW — Russia will continue the policy of modernisation, despite some slowdown in the process, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Le Figaro newspaper on the eve of his visit to Paris.

“Indeed, modernisation has not turned so far in the national idea and no radical progress has been made in this sphere, but the most important thing is that we have started this work,” the RF prime minister said. He noted that “there is progress, but certainly it is not as fast as I would probably like.” In his view, the most important thing is “not to worry, but continue to move in the specified direction.”


MOSCOW — Russia expects that Europe will preserve the euro stability, RF Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Le Figaro newspaper on the eve of his visit to Paris.

“We have 41 percent of our foreign exchange reserves in euro, so I have always told my colleagues – both the President of the French Republic and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, that we very much hope that the euro will continue to exist as a stable reserve currency,” he said.


GORKI — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a resolution that allows people to contest decisions adopted by the authorities without the need to go to court.

“I have signed a special resolution on the Federal State Information System that allows our citizens to context decisions and other acts issued by the authorities when rendering public and municipal services, without the need to go to court,” Medvedev said at a meeting with his deputies on Monday, November 26.

“The system should operate on a one-stop basis and allow claims to be filed against all agencies through its official website,” he said.


MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin will give the so-called “Big Press Conference” on December 20, the press service of the head of state reported on Monday.

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Itar-Tass that “all interested journalists – from Moscow, Russian regions and those representing foreign and international media” are invited to the press conference, as usual.


GORKI — In accordance with the State armament program scheduled till 2020 more than 100 new spacecraft including those designed for missile attack warning, communications, cartography, and navigation, are to be put into orbit, Deputy Prime-Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on space industry development.


MOSCOW — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s possible reburial should be considered most thoroughly before any action is taken.

“I think that these decisions must be considered thoroughly so as to avoid clashes arising between different groups of people. In general, all aspects must be considered very carefully before disturbing graves. I see this as a major imperative. The rest is the issue of the authorities’ competence. We’ll see what eventually comes of it,” Medvedev said in an interview with La Figaro on Monday, November 26.


GORKI — Five or six holdings are expected to created in the space industry, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency Vladimir Popovkin said.


NOVO OGAREVO — Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said that all infrastructure facilities are ready for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.


ROSTOV ON DON — Russia’s Cossack Party will run in regional elections, including to the Rostov Region Legislative Assembly, in 2013, party leader Sergei Bondarev, who is also Rostov Region deputy governor, said.

“The main goal of the new Cossack Party of the Russian Federation (CoPRF) is to participate in the political life of the country,” he said at a press conference on Monday, November 26.

The party plans to open branches in all of the 83 Russian regions. The party will be financed out of membership fees. According to Bondarev, some 7-8 million people may join the party.

Seven hundred people have already joined it, thus making it possible to register it. The whole process will take several months to complete.


KRASNODAR — The first joint in the South Stream gas pipeline will be welded in the southern Krasnodar Territory on December 7, Gazprom Transgaz Krasnodar Director-General Igor Tkachenko said.


MOSCOW — Trade between Russia and Germany may reach 100 billion dollars by the end of the year, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sergei Katyrin, said at a meeting of Russian and German entrepreneurs on Monday.


MOSCOW — Russia’s multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk has successfully completed a test launch of a new cruise missile at a ground target, a source in the Russian defence sector told Itar-Tass on Monday.


MOSCOW — Russia’s presidency in the G-20 will focus on investment activities, contribution to employment, regulation of the financial sector and the IMF reform, presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said at a session of the organising committee on Monday.


KIEV — Ukraine has not yet sent to the Russian side a request for import of natural gas in 2013, the country’s Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuri Boyko told reporters on Monday.

At the same time, the official said, Kiev has informed Moscow about its plans to purchase less amount of gas during the coming year.


KIEV — Ukraine hopes to barter its wheat for cheap gas from Qatar. With due account of gas delivery, its cost for Kiev will be at about 140 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres of gas compared to 430 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres of gas from Russia, the Kiev-based Segodnya newspaper wrote, quoting an official at the Ukrainian government.


DUSNABE — The authorities of Tajikistan deny their restricting access to Facebook, which enjoys popularity in the republic and involves almost 50,000 users there. The head of the government communication service, Beg Zukhurov, said he had given no instructions to block Facebook.

Some media outlets reported on Monday on restrictions in access to that social networking site referring to the association of the country’s internet providers, which said they had received the instruction through SMS messages.


MINSK — The Belarusian Belneftekhim concern is ready to fulfil terms of the Russian Energy Ministry on the counter supplies of Belarus-manufacturing petroleum products, the company’s press service told Itar-Tass on Monday.

“We are ready to meeting the Russian Energy Ministry’s terms pertaining to redelivery of Belarus-made petroleum products to Russia. The concern’s subdivisions will do their best to fulfil their partner obligations in full,” the press service said.


TBILISI — Georgia will not change its strategy towards integration with the European Union and NATO, Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said.

“The historical dream of the Georgian people about EU membership and close and worthy relations with European countries is realistic” and “the present Georgian authorities will do everything they can to expedite these processes”, Ivanishvili said after talks with Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on Monday, November 26.






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