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News summary for December 28

December 29, 2012, 8:56 UTC+3

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree on several measures to fulfil the state policy over the protection of underage orphans and children, who were left without the parental care, the Russian presidential press service reported on Friday.


MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law named after Russian boy Dima Yakovlev as the Russian response to the US Magnitsky Act, the Russian presidential press service reported on Friday. The law will enter into force from January 1, 2013.

The federal law envisages the measures of influence on people, who are involved in violations of the fundamental human rights and freedoms, the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens.


MOSCOW — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday.

The Kremlin’s press service reported that the Russian president congratulated Abe with his election and appointment prime minister.

“Japan’s prime minister received an invitation to visit Russia on an official visit in 2013,” the press service said. “The exact timing of the visit will be agreed via diplomatic channels.”

During the conversation, the two leaders “stressed mutual interest in further development of bilateral relations, improvement of cooperation in trade-economic, investment, scientific, technological and humanitarian spheres.”

“The two sides also discussed important international issues, including the situation in the Korean Peninsula,” the Kremlin’s press service said.


MOSCOW — A new radar station in Armavir will be put on combat duty already at the beginning of the next year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

“It will control the air space and the outer space in the southern strategic direction,” Putin said in a ceremony to introduce high officers to him over their promotion to new posts and ranks.

The president noted that the large-scale armament of the troops should be prioritized. He noted that strategic missile systems Yars, several regiments and squadrons of modern air defence systems S-400, Tor-M2U, Pantsir-S were put into service in the Russian military arsenals in the outgoing year, he said.


MOSCOW — At the initiative from the Serbian side, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic, the Kremlin’s press service said on Friday.

The two presidents expressed satisfaction with successful development of the bilateral cooperation and contacts at various levels. They highlighted a major growth of mutual trade /by 80 percent/, discussed implementation of major energy projects /South Stream/, development of infrastructure projects /involving RZD/, and cooperation in finance sector, metallurgical industry, etc.


MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a resolution approving the state health development programme to ensure medical care accessibility and improve medical services, the government press service said on Friday.

The programme is aimed, in particular, at improving the efficiency of special medical care, including high-technological medial service and first aid, providing high-skilled personnel for the health care system and ensure the transparency of control over the system.


MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a resolution approving the state programme for the development of industry and enhancing of its competitive ability, the government press service said on Friday.

The programme consists of 17 subprogrammes, including auto-making, heavy machine building, metallurgy and timber industry.

Medvedev has also approved a long-term programme for fundamental scientific research for the period to 2020. Its objective is to form a sector of fundamental research to ensure stable economic growth and a high level of competitive ability of the Russian scientific sphere on the world market.

Medvedev has also signed a resolution approving a programme for joint activities of organizations participating in the pilot project to set up the "Kurchatov Institute" National Research Centre for 2013-17. It is aimed at introducing scientific developments, conducting a full innovation cycle of scientific research, experimental and design work, including creation of experimental industrial models in accordance with priority guidelines of the development of science and technologies in the Russian Federation.


MOSCOW — Russian government envisions investment of some 605 billion rubles /USD 1=RUB 30.5/ in the development of the shipbuilding industry in line with a specialized federal program covering the years 2013 through to 2030.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev endorsed the program Friday.

Of the aforesaid amount of 605 bln rubles, investment from the federal budget will stand at 337 billion, the governmental press service said.

The program will be implemented in three stages, the first of which will span the years from 2013 through to 2016, the second, from 2017 through to 2025, and the third, from 2026 through to 2030.


MOSCOW — Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin, who is a co-chairman of the Russian-Chinese Inter-Governmental Commission, wrote in his blog in Twitter on Friday that China had officially written off an outstanding debt to Russia worth 1.57 million Swiss Francs.

He explained that Russia had actually paid off its debt by deliveries of goods and services under a contract with the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in October 2008. “The solution of this protracted problem enabled the Russian Finance Ministry to finish settlements with Russian suppliers,” Rogozin wrote.


MOSCOW — Russia is ready for a meeting with leader of Syria’s National coalition of Opposing and Revolutionary Forces Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

“We have expressed readiness for a meeting with the Coalition’s leader,” the minister said. “They are not against it, either.”

Speaking about the political platform of the opposition, Lavrov said that the Russian side had been disappointed that “its political statement contains as a major objective overthrowing of the regime and rejection of a dialogue.”


MOSCOW — Russia urges the Syrian leadership to concretize to the maximum extent its readiness to the dialogue with the opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday in comments on the Thursday negotiations with Syrian First Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad.


MOSCOW — Moscow and Cairo agree that the Geneva communique has a basis for movement toward the political settlement in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday after the talks with Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr.


MOSCOW — Russia and Egypt have agreed to develop cooperation in the military-technical sphere, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday following negotiations with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr.


MOSCOW — Egypt pledged to Russia that the country will ensure the comfort and security for Russian tourists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the negotiations with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr here on Friday.


MOSCOW — Russia’s Defense Ministry welcomes the ratification by the government of Kyrgyzstan of an agreement on the status and terms of deployment of a Russian military base in that Central Asian country.

The agreement was signed September 20, 2012, in the course of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Kyrgyzstan.


MOSCOW — Russia’s Defense Ministry welcomes the ratification by the government of Kyrgyzstan of an agreement on the status and terms of deployment of a Russian military base in that Central Asian country.

The agreement was signed September 20, 2012, in the course of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Kyrgyzstan.


TYUMEN — Gazprom and NOVATEK intend to set up a joint venture company to increase the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Yamal. The companies extended until February 1, 2013 the memorandum on cooperation that was concluded last April, the Gazprom press service reported. “Soon we will take a next step to set up a joint venture for the LNG production in Yamal. We will sign appropriate documents in January 2013,” Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said. Gazprom and NOVATEK are pondering over the creation of a joint venture and the development of the available resource base on the Gydan Peninsula.


MOSCOW — The interrogation of former Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was delayed to January 11 at his request.

“Anatoly Serdyukov arrived for interrogation without the lawyer and requested for the postponement of the interrogation to hold it in the presence of the lawyer. The detective satisfied this request,” spokesman for the Russian Investigation Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Friday.

The detectives intended to interrogate the former minister on an episode of the Oboronservis criminal case.


MOSCOW — The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow handed down an acquittal verdict to former deputy chief of the Butyrka detention centre Dmitry Kratov, who is accused of negligence, which allegedly resulted in the death of auditor of the British investment fund Hermitage Capital Management Sergei Magnitsky.

Thus, the court has passed the acquittal verdict with due account of the position of the prosecutor’s office, which asked to acquit Kratov for the absence of corpus delicti in his actions.


MOSCOW — Bailiffs have forced payment of only less than four percent of the fines imposed by courts for bribe taking, the Federal Service of Bailiffs of Russia reported on Friday.

In the nine months of this year, bailiffs had 1,187 cases to force payment of fines imposed for corruption, totaling 1,2 billion rbls.

Though a fourth of the court rulings were fulfilled, only 44 million roubles were transferred to the state budget.

Bailiffs must appeal to a court to change the penalty if a fine is not paid within the set period. It was changed in 21 cases.


BELGRADE — Moscow and Belgrade will sign an agreement on granting an 800-million-dollar loan to Serbia for renovation of Serbia railways. Serbian Minister of Economy Mladjan Dinkic told journalists on Friday that the document would be signed in Moscow on January 11, 2013.


HANOI — The trade turnover between Russia and Vietnam demonstrated a major growth in 2012 and reached 3.5 billion dollars, Russia’s Ambassador Andrei Kovtun said on Friday.

“Over first ten months, the mutual trade turnover made 3.11 billion dollars, which is by 40 percent more against a similar period of the previous year, and over the entire year 2012, the trade turnover is expected to reach 3.5 billion dollars,” Kovtun said.


HANOI — Russia and Vietnam implement successfully several joint projects in the oil and gas sector, including those in the Russian territory, Russia’s Ambassador in Vietnam Andrei Kovtun said on Friday.

“Russia is among the few countries, in which territory Russian and Vietnamese oil explorers have been working jointly. Rusvietpetro, a joint venture company, demonstrates good results in the Nenets Autonomous District. In 2012, the company plans to produce over two million tonnes of oil,” the diplomat said.

Another joint venture company working in Russia is Gazpromviet – in 2012 it received a right to develop the Severo-Purovskoye gas condensate field in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.


SUKHUM — Abkhazia’s Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Chirikba has reaffirmed Abkhazia insists on changing the format of Geneva discussions on security and stability in Trans-Caucasia and on pooling two working groups (on security and humanitarian issues).

“The main purpose of negotiations in Geneva is the conclusion of a legally binding agreement with Georgia on the non-use of force, but in the current format it is impossible to produce an integral mandatory document,” he told a news conference on Friday. “This document must be the starting point for the normalization of relations, but Georgia is still unprepared for such a major political step.”


TIRASPOL - -The Dniester Republic wants Russian peacekeepers to stay until a political settlement is finally reached, Yevgeny Shevchuk, the president of the unrecognized Dniester Republic, told journalists on Friday, commenting on the proposal of the Moldovan leadership to replace “Russian Blue Helmets” by civilian observers.


TBILISI — The parliamentary majority, consisting of members of the Georgian Dream coalition, on Friday started collecting deputies’ signatures to initiate amendments to the Georgian Constitution that would allow the president to dissolve parliament three months after the elections instead of the current six.

David Saganelidze, the parliamentary majority leader, told journalists that the Georgian Dream Coalition had to enlist the support of 76 out of 150 deputies (50% plus one vote) to start the process of amending the Constitution.







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