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Russia 090309

Basic Political Developments

  • International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 and will be officially observed on March 9 this year.

  • Lavrov-Clinton meeting showed that Russian-U.S. relations can develop positively - Russian analysts

  • Dmitry Medvedev will meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany on March 10, 2009.

  • China, Russia to strengthen ties - China and Russia plan to strengthen ties by sharing information on energy and technology, China's foreign minister said Saturday.

  • PACE co-rapporteurs to visit the Russian Federation

  • Russian-Greek relations at excellent level – Greek Foreign Ministry

  • Sultan Foundation establishes Arabic center in Moscow

  • Russia says Afghan heroin habit threatens security

  • Ukraine politics may trigger Russia gas clash

  • Ukrainian to sing for Russia in Eurovision - Song written by a Georgian and an Estonian and sung in Russian and Ukrainian

  • Russia to disburse USD 500 mln tranche to Belarus

  • Norwegian prosecutors suspect Russian captain - The captain of the Russian cargo vessel “Mekhanik Tyulenev” is suspected of having run over and sunk a small Norwegian fishing boat in the Norwegian Sea.

  • No one injured in blast in S. Ossetia – source

  • Hail bomb of Russian occupants exploded in Akhalgori district

  • Russian Oligarchs Warned Bailout Money is Drying Up, WSJ Says

  • NT Times: The Last Days of the Oligarchs?

  • MT: Berezovsky Still a Top Scientist

  • Russia’s First Lady becomes nation’s most successful businesswoman

  • Canadian community rallies to help former KGB agent’s family avoid deportation

  • Hello I'm Kosmos: Patriotic names in Russian comeback

National Economic Trends

  • Russia’s Reserves May Be Halved by Year-End on Ruble, RBC Says

  • Inflow of foreign investments in Russia decrease by 14% to $103 bln in 2008

  • Fewer investment options for reserve funds

Business, Energy or Environmental regulations or discussions

  • Hotel Company uniting 17 hotels formed in Moscow to upgrade efficiency of hotel business

  • Dairy productivity gets boost through technology - . Russia is looking to Sweden for advanced technology to make it's dairy sector more efficient. Delaval is already a major presence on the Russian market, supplying technology and operational service to farmers.

Activity in the Oil and Gas sector (including regulatory)

  • Russia Refuses to Approve Exxon’s Sakhalin Project, Sankei Says

  • Rosneft expects more oil discoveries in Sea of Okhotsk

  • Gazprom, Rosneft ponder ordering ships

  • Lukoil tallies reserves base - Russian producer Lukoil said its proven reserves fell to 19.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent last year, but added it more than replaced its annual production with new reserves.


  • Gas Natural says Gazprom eyeing assets – paper

  • Romgaz produces 0.75% less gas in 2008 y/y, seeks Gazprom’s assistance in Roman-Margineni project

  • On the outcome of EuroPolGaz Supervisory board meeting - EuroPolGaz Supervisory board held a regular meeting today in Warsaw under the chairmanship of OAO Gazprom Management Committee Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev


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Basic Political Developments

No service Monday due to public holiday

MOSCOW, Mar 6 (Prime-Tass) -- The Prime-Tass English Language Service will be closed Monday, March 9 due to a public holiday.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 and will be officially observed on March 9 this year.

Regular service will resume Tuesday, March 10.

Lavrov-Clinton meeting showed that Russian-U.S. relations can develop positively - Russian analysts

MOSCOW. March 7 (Interfax) - A meeting between Russian Foreign

Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in

Geneva has shown that relations between Moscow and Washington can

develop positively, in the view of a number of Russian political


"This is a very positive meeting, although it is absolutely obvious

that dialogue between the foreign policy chiefs and even between the

chiefs of state cannot resolve all problems," Vyacheslav Nikonov, the

president of the POLITY Foundation think tank and a member of the

Russian Public Chamber, told Interfax on Saturday.

"The U.S. specialists on the Russian language made quite a symbolic

mistake by writing the word 'peregruzka' [overload] instead of

'perezagruzka' [reload, or reset]," Nikonov said, referring to a

spelling mistake in an inscription in Russian on a souvenir red button

that Clinton presented to Lavrov at the meeting.

"Relations between Russia and the U.S. are truly overloaded with

problems having nothing to do with bilateral relations," he said.

Alexei Makarkin, a deputy director of the Center of Political

Technologies, suggested that the value of meetings between Lavrov and

Clinton is not in the essence of the talks as such as in the atmosphere

of the meeting.

"The main thing in this meeting is intonations, and these

intonations were warm. Intonations and the atmosphere of negotiations

have always been of special significance in relations between Russia and

the U.S.," Makarkin told Interfax.

"The problem of mistrust between Russia and the U.S. remains in

place on both sides. However, with the Democrats coming to power,

changes for a positive reset have been rising. The Barack Obama

administration is willing to discuss issues on which the previous

administration took a very categorical stance," Makarkin said.

The more flexible position of the new U.S. leadership does not mean

that negotiations on all sensitive issues will be easy, Makarkin said.

"Washington has never made unilateral concessions. This concerns

missile defense, NATO's enlargement eastwards, and other issues. But,

while the previous administration was pushing ahead with Ukraine's and

Georgia's integration into NATO, the Democrats are treating this problem

as one for a more distant future and will handle it more carefully," he


The meeting between Lavrov and Clinton should add a friendly note

to the atmosphere in relations between Russia and the U.S. "but the

relationship itself will not become friendlier," he said.

ANNOUNCEMENT.Dmitry Medvedev will meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany on March 10, 2009.

March 6, 2009


Mr Gyurcsany will be in Moscow to take part in Russian-Hungarian intergovernmental consultations.

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