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On June 10-11, the Uzbek capital of Tashkent hosts the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The summit will focus on the strengthening of regional security and the war on terror, Voice of Russia reports.  The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental mutual-security organization founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. These countries are the members of the SCO. India, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan also participate in SCO work under...

10.06.2010 Subject: Religion

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation has arrived in Turkey for a working visit. He will attend a plenary meeting of the Third Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), ITAR-TASS reports. The prime minister is expected to make a report at the morning session, and hold a series of bilateral meetings....

08.06.2010 Subject: Religion

In a joint statement issued following the meeting, the sides noted the need to modernise economies and societies, stated the commitment of Russia and the EU to a joint search for answers to the challenges of current times, as well as their interest in strengthening their trade and economic partnership, Kremlin.ru reports. In the document, the priorities in cooperation within the Partnership for Modernisation initiative were named as investment, innovation, small and medium-sized businesses development, technical regulations and...

02.06.2010 Subject: Religion

A new comprehensive Russia-EU partnership pact and visa-free regime will again be on the agenda of the Russian-EU summit to be held on May 31-June 1 in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, RIA Novosti reports. Russia-EU summits are held twice a year – once in Russia and once in the country holding the European Union's rotating presidency. "An important aspect of the forthcoming summit will be the resumption of dialog on perspectives of mutually abolishing bilateral visa...

31.05.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev plans to visit U.S. Silicon Valley in June to boost Russian-U.S. cooperation in the high-tech sphere, a Russian deputy premier said on Monday, RIA Novosti reports. Russia is currently constructing a high-tech business park in Skolkovo near Moscow to ensure breakthroughs in the country's innovation sector. The project has already been dubbed Russia's answer to Silicon Valley "We expect that a significant impetus to our cooperation in the high-tech sphere...

18.05.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev departs for Kiev on his first official visit to Ukraine, which is being seen as a sign of improving relations between Russia and Ukraine, Russia Today reports. Among other issues, the two sides will talk cooperation in energy and nuclear sectors. According to the head of Russian president’s administration Sergey Naryshkin, both parties will sign “a solid number of bilateral documents” which include agreements on border demarcation and cooperation on the GLONASS navigation...

17.05.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and visiting Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are having negotiations in the Kremlin on Friday, ITAR-TASS reports. The negotiations began in an eye-to-eye format with the delegations of the countries joining in. The presidents of Russia and Brazil shook hands and hugged each other. High on the agenda of the Russian-Brazilian summit are the prospects for economic cooperation, particularly in high technologies, the energy sector and the aircraft...

14.05.2010 Subject: Religion

President Dmitry Medvedev and the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meeting in Ankara on Wednesday, signed a number of cooperation agreements, including an agreement on air transport links, an intergovernmental agreement on sea transportation, a cooperation agreement between the two countries’ interior ministries, and a memorandum of understanding on combating trafficking of drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, Kremlin.ru reports. Mr Medvedev also held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep...

13.05.2010 Subject: Religion

Russia and Turkey may increase their trade turnover to 100 billion US dollars in the coming years, Voice of Russia reports. President Dmitry Medvedev made this announcement at a meeting with the Turkish business elite. Potential growth in economic cooperation will be highlighted by Russia’s promotion of hi-tech projects on the Turkish market, such as broadband and G4 Internet access. President Medvedev stressed the importance to navigate the two countries’ trade away from dependence on the Euro and US Dollar....

13.05.2010 Subject: Religion

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev is to visit Turkey on May 11-12, the Kremlin press-service reported Thursday. The central event of his official visit will be the first session of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council which is a new mechanism for inter-state consultations. The meeting will be chaired by Medvedev and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo...

06.05.2010 Subject: Religion

President Medvedev’s visit to Syria, due to take place on May 10th and 11th, should add more impetus to the rapidly developing bilateral ties, Voice of Russia reports. A statement to that effect was made by a Syrian government official in Damascus. President Medvedev will meet with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad to discuss prospects for bilateral relations and the situation in the Middle East. Syria’s Economy and Trade Minister Amer Lotfi praised the growing ties with Russia. As instances of successful...

05.05.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says that he hopes that the ongoing Moscow meeting of the heads of Russian and Japanese regions will serve to consolidate the two countries’ partnership. This comes in a statement by the Kremlin’s press service. The meeting, Medvedev says in a message, will enrich cooperation between the territorial entities of the Russian Federation and Japan’s prefectures, and it will also help shape relations of true partnership between the two nations. The Russian leader pointed out that regional ties are an important and...

03.05.2010 Subject: Religion

President Dmitry Medvedev hails Russia’s relations with Denmark as an “example of  good-neighborly relations between states”, the Voice of Russia reports. Speaking at a reception given in his honor by Queen Margrethe II, Medvedev thanked his hosts for  the atmosphere of trust and openness which helps achieve tangible progress in bilateral relations. He also said  he would sign on Wednesday with Danish Prime Minister a Partnership for Modernization declaration – a strategic document the President said would encourage Danish...

28.04.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Copenhagen on Tuesday in what will be the first state visit of the Russian leader to Denmark in 50 years, the Voice of Russia reports. Welcoming him at the airport was Danish Queen Margrethe II, who invited Medvedev and his spouse to visit her summer residence for a state dinner on Tuesday evening.  Medvedev will meet with Danish businessmen and hold negotiations with the country’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on Wednesday....

27.04.2010 Subject: Religion

President Dmitry Medvedev has been meeting in Oslo with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to discuss joint development of natural resources and border delimitation issues as part of the Russian leader’s two-day state visit to the Scandinavian state, the Voice of Russia reports. Russia and Norway have recently been building up political and economic and humanitarian cooperation. Environmental protection issues also featured prominently during Tuesday’s talks with Medvedev and Stoltenberg calling for closer ties between their countries’...

27.04.2010 Subject: Religion

The family of King Harald V have welcomed President Medvedev to Norway, the Voice of Russia reports. The visit is to be focused on oil and gas, the natural environment, resources on Svalbard and borderlines in the Barents Sea. Dmitri Medvedev and the Norwegian Storting speaker Dag Terje Andersen have already discussed proposals to broaden inter-parliamentary ties....

26.04.2010 Subject: Religion

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev begins a visit to Norway and Denmark, the Voice of Russia reports. His aide Sergei Prikhodko says that the Russian leader is paying his State visit to Oslo at the invitation of King Harald the Fifth of Norway. Prikhodko said that some of the key issues that are due to come under discussion were cooperation in power production, fishing, environmental protection, nuclear and radiation safety, joint development of the Arctic region, as well as cooperation on Spitsbergen Island. The parties to the forthcoming talks will also focus...

26.04.2010 Subject: Religion

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