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Latvian President Valdis Zatlers calls for establishing “a new type of relations” with Russia, ITAR-TASS reports. “We should look forward to the future, but we can do this if we are open towards each other,” Zatlers told Latvian television on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming visit to Moscow. He stressed that the parties intended to sign several interstate agreements in order to maintain good relations between neighboring countries. According to the Latvian president, the leaders of the two countries...

12.08.2010 Subject: Religion

Columbia’s leaders headed by the newly inaugurated President Juan Manuel Santos are ready to develop relations with Russia, Russia’s Deputy Justice Minister Vasiliy Likhachev said on Sunday, ITAR-TASS reports. “Over my conversations with Columbia’s counterparts, they assured me that Russia will be one of the priorities for the new leaders of the country,” he said. “Santos is interested in paying a visit to Russia some time in future to meet Russia's leaders.” ...

09.08.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived on Sunday in Abkhazia on the first ever visit by the head of the Russian state since Russia recognized the independence of the former Georgian republic two years ago, RIA Novosti reports. At his meeting with Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh, Medvedev said that Russia would develop comprehensive relations with Abkhazia. "We'll be developing good relations with Abkhazia, we'll be developing economic relations and relations in the sphere of...

08.08.2010 Subject: Religion

Dmitry Medvedev and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma reviewed plans for joint trade and economic projects. Following the talks, intergovernmental agreements were signed in the presence of the two heads of state on easing visa requirements and on cooperation in the sphere of plant quarantine. In addition, the two countries signed a contract for the supply of enriched uranium products between TENEX and Eskom Holdings Ltd, and a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) and the South African...

05.08.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is meeting on Thursday with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma, who has arrived on his first official visit to Russia, ITAR-TASS reports.   The talks are held in the Green Reception Room of the Grand Kremlin Palace behind closed doors. Taking part in the talks are Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Minister of Natural Resources Yuri Trutnev, who chairs a bilateral intergovernmental economic cooperation commission. After talks in the narrow format, the heads of...

05.08.2010 Subject: Religion

The Russian delegation will hold the presidency of the U.N. Security Council in August, ITAR-TASS reports. Following the principal of alphabetic rotation, adopted at the U.N. Security Council, Russia’s permanent ambassador at the United Nations Vitaly Churkin will replace Nigerian ambassador to U.N. Joy Ogwu on Sunday. On Monday, August 2, the new president will hold bilateral meetings with his colleagues at the Security Council to agree on a plan of work for the next month. The U.N....

02.08.2010 Subject: Religion

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Friday that the bilateral abolition of visas requirement between Russia and the EU was possible, RIA Novosti reports. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is in Milan for talks with the Italian leader. "I think this problem can be solved but, unfortunately, it requires a unanimous decision," Berlusconi said at a news conference with Medvedev. He said there was a certain resistance to the process in Europe, especially from Eastern European countries. "This is probably...

26.07.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will pay a working visit to Italy on Friday to discuss economic and cultural cooperation and international problems with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, ITAR-TASS. “The talks will continue an exchange of opinions on vital issues of bilateral and international agenda,” a Kremlin official said adding the Russian-Italian dialogue “is traditionally constructive.” The press service of the Italian government said economic issues will...

23.07.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit Ukraine for talks with President Viktor Yanukovych on July 24, the Russian government's press service said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports. Putin and Yanukovych, who last met in Istanbul at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in early June, are expected to discuss "current issues of Russian-Ukrainian cooperation and other questions of bilateral interest," the statement said. In a 60th...

22.07.2010 Subject: Religion

Russia and Lithuania signed on Wednesday a memorandum on interregional and cross-border cooperation to promote trade and the development of infrastructure along the border between the two countries, RIA Novosti reports. The document stipulates a timely exchange of information on relevant changes in legislation and on regional best practice in cross-border cooperation, and emphasizes investment in joint commercial projects. The sides also agreed to set up a joint group of experts to help...

21.07.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Finnish President Tarja Halonen are holding negotiations in the Finnish president’s summer residence. “Whenever I am asked why we develop relations with Russia, I always say that we are good neighbors, and good neighbors should meet regularly to exchange information and to carry on their good relationship,” Halonen said. President Medvedev had conveyed greetings from St. Petersburg friends. “I can tell you that I have conveyed...

21.07.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is heading for a two-day working visit to Finland next week, will discuss with Finnish President Tarja Halonen the development of bilateral relations, European security and visa issues, a Kremlin source said. The source said that during the talks, which will be held in Halonen's summer residence at Kultaranta in the town of Naantali, Medvedev and Halonen will discuss the development of trade and economic relations, cooperation in the energy and lumber industries, European security and the...

20.07.2010 Subject: Religion

President Dmitry Medvedev chaired a Council of Legislators meeting at the Kremlin on fighting corruption. The president said that the legal framework needed to effectively combat theft and bribery has been for the most part put into place now, Kremlin.ru reports. The Federal Law on Preventing Corruption was passed 2008, Mr. Medvedev recalled, and this was followed by the approval in 2010 of the National Corruption Prevention Strategy and a number of presidential executive orders. Russia now has for the first time a body of anti-corruption legislation that...

15.07.2010 Subject: Religion

Relations between Russia and Latvia have shown progress lately, which will result in several intergovernmental agreements to be signed soon, Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has said, RIA Novosti reports. "We see that the intensity of contacts between Latvia and Russia has increased. [Our] relations have become more constructive," he said. "We hope to sign a number of agreements with Russia. Among them are agreements on avoiding double taxation, on cooperation in the...

14.07.2010 Subject: Religion

First and foremost the presidents discussed pressing issues of economic cooperation within the Commonwealth and the implementation of joint infrastructure projects. The six CIS states' leaders, who gathered in the Crimea for the informal CIS summit, will continue working on creation of the common market agreement, RIA Novosti reports. The CIS countries' members said they had reached the decision to continue working on common market's new agreement that would ease the trade transactions on the post-Soviet states'...

12.07.2010 Subject: Religion

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