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News summary for November 3

December 04, 2012, 9:12 UTC+3

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ISTANBUL — Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would invest more than 20 billion U.S. dollars in the Akkuyu nuclear power plant project in Turkey.

“We will finance the project completely, and no less than 25 percent of funding will go into new jobs in Turkey,” he said on Monday, December 3.


ISTANBUL — Russia and Turkey have so far not been able to come to agreement on how to settle the conflict in Syria, but their assessments of the situation are identical, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

He stressed that Russia and Turkey would continue their joint efforts to achieve a settlement in Syria.

Putin said on Monday, December 3, that the relevant instructions have been given to the Russian and Turkish foreign ministries.


ISTANBUL — The Russian-Turkish High Level Cooperation Council will convene for its fourth meeting in Russia in 2013.

“Russia and Turkey are neighbours and we have many common and sometimes dramatic chapters in our history, and it is very important that we treat this heritage respectfully,’ Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, December 3.

He admitted that the two countries had many problems but they had left them behind.


ISTANBUL — Russia and Turkey plan to bring their mutual trade turnover to 100 billion U.S. dollars in the years to come, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, December 3.


ISTANBUL — Russia and Turkey may expand the Blue Stream gas pipeline and extend it to third countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“Blue Stream means 16 billion [cubic metres of gas] which we supply by this pipeline system to Turkey. I do not rule out that we can come to agreement with our Turkish friends to expand Blue Stream’s capacities and bring it to third countries,” Putin said after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, December 3.


ISTANBUL — President Vladimir Putin said the deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey will not ease tensions on the Turkish-Syrian border and called for restraint.

“If at the start of a play there is a rifle on the wall, it will fire by all means in the end,” Putin said, commenting on a possible deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey in response to Syrian attacks.


ISTANBUL — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West against repeating the Libyan scenario in Syria.

“We are not defenders or lawyers of the Syrian regime. There is something else we are concerned with – what is in store for us. We do not the mistakes made in the recent past to be repeated,” Putin said at a press conference after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, December 3.


ISTANBUL — Russia’s savings bank Sberbank has signed memorandums of understanding with several Turkish financial companies as part of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Turkey.

Sberbank of Russia, the largest financial institution in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe, and Export Credit Bank of Turkey (TurkExim) today signed a 1 billion U.S. dollars Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate increasing Turkish exports of goods and services to Russia and other countries in which Sberbank operates and TurkExim programs are available.


ISTANBUL — Russia and Turkey signed 11 cooperation agreements during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the country on Monday, December 3.


ISTANBUL — Inter RAO UES has formalised the purchase of a thermal power plant in the United States, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday, December 3.

“The purchase of the thermal power plant has already been formalised,” he said.

He said the purchasing price exceeded 400 million U.S. dollars and the plant has been purchased from a Turkish subsidiary of the American company AEI.


ISTANBUL — Unit No. 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey will be finished by 2019, Rosatom Head Sergei Kiriyenko said.

He said the whole plant would be commissioned by 2022.


MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree appointing his aide Yuri Ushakov chairman of the organising committee for ensuring the Russian presidency in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 2014-2015 and in BRICS in 2015.


MOSCOW — Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the government to consider an option of using the military in emergency situations, like the one which happened at M-10 highway.

“In emergency situations of the kind we might use divisions of Russia’s Armed Forces,” Deputy Prime Minister said on Monday. “They have necessary vehicles and equipment, and both Europe and other countries are using the option.”

Medvedev supported the initiative.


MOSCOW — The Russian government will allocate more than 160 billion roubles until 2016 for creating a barrier-free environment.

“This is the biggest programme of the kind in the history of the country. Funding from the federal budget will exceed 160 billion roubles,” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting with his deputies on Monday, December 3.

In addition to a barrier-free environment, Medvedev also stressed the need to use modern technologies for distance learning.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, there are 560,000 children with disabilities in Russia, about 30,000 of whom need distance learning services.


MOSCOW — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said there are an excessive number of high educational institutions in Russia and called for optimising the higher education system.

“What I have said about poor education and the need to restructure the system of higher education in the country concerns legal education to a larger extent, but how this can be done is a challenging task,” Medvedev said at the Lawyer of the Year Prize award ceremony on Monday, December 3.


MOSCOW — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the state programme for Affordable and Comfortable Housing and Utility Services to Russian Citizens.

The main objectives of the programme are to provide more affordable housing and better utility services to individuals, including in the context of state obligations to provide housing to specific categories of the population, and to provide better quality and more reliable housing/municipal utility services to the population.


MOSCOW — The state budget expenditures for organising events in the format of Russia’s chairmanship of the G20 group of nations in 2013 will be at five billion roubles (USD 1 = RUB 30.83), Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Monday,

“Those are usual expenses for meetings of the kind,” he said, adding that the appropriate funds were envisaged in the draft budget for the next year. The aforesaid sum embraces not only spending of the Finance Ministry, but also of other Russian ministries and departments.


MOSCOW — The Russian government adopted a state programme on affordable and comfortable housing and maintenance services.

The governmental press service reports that the programme includes sub-programmes on conditions for comfortable housing and conditions for quality maintenance services. The programme includes also federal special programmes Housing for 2011-2015, and Clear Water for 2011-2017. The government will also offer a new Housing federal programme for 2016-2020.


MOSCOW — Russia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Protection has adopted a programme of gradual raise of state employees’ wages for 2012-2018.

“Under the programme, average wages for state employees would be equal to those in the region’s economy, and for some professions – they would be double the amount,” the ministry’s press service said on Monday.

In 2013-2015 only, 1,332 billion roubles will be allocated for raised wages, where 240 billion will come from the federal budget, and 1,092 billion roubles will come from the consolidated budget of the Russian regions.

“Totally, over 2013-2018, we shall require 4.941 billion roubles, where 1,270 will come from the federal budget, and 3,671 billion roubles will come from the consolidated budget of the Russian regions,” the press service said.


MOSCOW — Russia’s gas production decreased by 5.1percent in November 2012, as compared to the same period of 2011, and stood at 57.642 billion cubic metres, the Central Supervisory Department of the Russian Fuel and Energy Sector said in its regular report published on Monday.

In November 2011, Russia’s gas output amounted to 60.735 billion cubic metres, the report underlined.


MOSCOW — The Board of Directors of Russian Railways has approved the sale of 25 percent plus 1 share of Open Joint Stock Company Freight One. The Board’s vote took place on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 in accordance with a directive of the Government of the Russian Federation. As a result, Russian Railways withdraws fully from the authorised capital of Freight One.

The buyer will be the Independent Transport Company Ltd. and the sale price 50 billion roubles. During the meeting, the Board noted that the sale of shares of Freight One will be the biggest privatisation deal in Russia’s modern history.


MOSCOW — The Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, has won the national Company of the Year 2012 award in the category Rail Transport made by the leading Russian media holding RBC.

According to Akulov, as a leader in long-distance rail passenger services, the Federal Passenger Company transported over 110 million passengers in 2011. The number of passengers in 2012 is also expected to exceed 100 million. The FPC carriage fleet is the largest in Europe, with more than 23,000 units.


MOSCOW — Feasibility studies for creating a BRICS bank and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s bank will be drafted in the first quarter of 2013, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said.

He met with a delegation of the Chinese finance ministry on Monday, December 3 to discuss the creation of a BRICS bank and a SCO bank.


MOSCOW — Balanced financial result (surplus, or benefit minus losses) of Russia’s organisations, exclusive small business, banks, insurance companies and organisations involved in the public sector) made up 6,127.2 billion roubles in the current prices in the first nine months of the year, the State Statistics Service said.

Herein, the total profit of 41,600 organisations was estimated at 6,946.6 billion roubles, the statistics stated, adding that 16,500 organisations competed the period under review with damage worth 819.4 billion roubles.

In January-September 2011, the balanced financial results of the above mentioned organisations made up 5,473.9 billion roubles, the State Statistics Service reaffirmed.


MINSK — Belarus, Kaliningrad Region, and Russia are to sign a 2013 plan for bilateral cooperation. The document is expected to be adopted as a result of the 10th session, scheduled for Monday, of the Belarus-Russia Council for long-term cooperation between the regions, government minstries, and state administration bodies of the Republic of Belarus and Kaliningrad Region.

According to information given by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, in the first three quarters of the current year, trade turnover between Belarus and Kaliningrad Region grew by 24.5 percent, as compared with that in the corresponding period of last year, to run at $124.4 million.


KIEV — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Monday has accepted resignation of the country’s government headed by Nikolai Azarov, the press service of the head of state reported.


KIEV — Ukraine’s new government can be formed no earlier than December 13, the speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament), Vladimir Litvin, believes.


KIEV — Kiev’s Commercial Court of Appeals upheld a lower tier court’s ruling that ordered the Ukrainian government to pay a multi-million debt owed to the Russian Defence Ministry by the Unified Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU), which was run by former Prime Minister and opposition Batkivshchina party leader Yulia Timoshenko in the middle of the 1990s.









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