Today the Russian company 'Gazprom' officially opened the construction of the pipeline Nord Stream. The pipe will be placed on the bottom of tha Baltic sea. It will start from Vyborg and lead to Greifswald in Germany. Its length will be about 1200 km.
The first round of talks of six powers on Iran in New York about the project of a possible resolution on the questions of additional sanctions against Teheran has not brought accordance to this group of the countries exactly as it had been expected. The only obvious result has been the agreement to continue talks. This was communicated by the diplomats of the six countries (Russia, USA, China, Uk, France and Germany) after the six hours meeting in the permanent mission of Great Britain in the UN.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts on Tuesday atwo-day visit to France. The main topics of his talks with FrenchPresident Nicolas Sarkozy will be economic and security cooperation,as well as France’s opposition to Turkey joining the EU, ITAR-TASSreports.France and, of late, Germany, have expressed fears about acceptingTurkey, with a population of some 70 million Muslims, into theEuropean Union. Erdogan slammed Sarkozy’s position in an interviewwith Euronews on January 30.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown favor the imposition of tougher sanctions against Iran in connection with its nuclear program.After talks in London, both leaders said they completely support sanctions and would continue talks with their allies.French President Nicolas Sarkozy also expressed Paris’s desire to see new sanctions against Iran during talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington earlier this week.Obama earlier said he hoped to see tougher sanctions in place “within weeks.”
Five more Russian cities have been honoured for their part in theSoviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, RussianPresident Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.Medvedev was speaking at a meeting of the organizing committee forcelebrations for the 65th anniversary of the capitulation of Naziforces.The new “cities of military glory” are Nalchik, Vyborg, Volokolamsk,Bryansk, and the Volgograd Region town of Kalach-Na-Donu.
The informal summit of CIS countries will be held in Moscow on May 8, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said. It is expected that the CIS countries will issue a declaration to veterans of the battlefront and workers on the home front in connection with the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Russia is not looking at the question integrating the projects to build the Nabucco and South Stream gas pipelines, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko told journalists.
There left only about 1,900 veterans of the Great Patriotic War still alive in Dagestan.
The former special representative of secretary general of U.N.O. on the settlement of Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, now the professor of Potsdam University Diter Boden who have come to Tbilisi on Saturday and before that had been in Abkhazia has disproved the suppositions of Georgian politicians that he had considered there his document about the division of authority between Tbilisi and Sukhumi.
Germany has extradited to Russia a man accused of taking part in an attempt on the life of the Dagestani MP Magomed-Rasul Omarov, a Prosecutor General's Office spokesperson said, as reported by ITAR-TASS.
China is planning to expand its high-speed railway system to 17 countries, including Russia, Iran and Turkey. “Negotiations are going on with the respective countries and construction should be finished in 2025,” Wang Mengshu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was quoted as saying by Interfax.
Iran's proposal on synchronous exchange of low-enrichment uranium remains in force only as long as new UN Security Council sanctions are not brought against Teheran, the permanent representative of Iran at International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said in an interview with Iranian news agency Mehr, RIA Novosti reported.
Iran rejected the proposals of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the six international negotiators (the permanent members of UN Security Council and Germany) to transfer its uranium on beneficiation abroad.