Pak should do away with 43 training camps on its soil: Russian envoy
New Delhi, Dec. 17:Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander M. Kadakin, on Friday, described terrorism coming out of Pakistan as cancer, and urged Islamabad to do away with the 43 terrorist training camps that are known to be operating from its soil.
"We want Pakistan to solve its internal problems. We don't want any threat emanating from the 43 training camps from where this horrible infection of cancer, that is from where tentacles reach Londoan Metro, Moscow Metro and Mumbai. This must be done away with," Ambassador Kadakin said.
He said that India and Russia know exactly from where the threat is coming from.
"We want India's relations with Pakistan to improve. That is what we earnestly want," he said, adding, "Improvement of relations with India is in the interest of India, Russia, the region and the world."
Ambassador Kadakin was interacting with the media ahead of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to India from Monday.
Medvedev is expected to make a visit to Mumbai to pay homage to the memory of 26/11 victims.
Russia offers nuclear power plant to RI
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 12/16/2010 5:35 PM | Business
The Russian government has offered to build a nuclear power plant in Indonesia, a nuclear energy enterprise Rosatom head says.
Petr Shchedrovitskiy, who is also the head of a Russian delegation to Indonesia, was giving a presentation on Russia's ability to build nuclear power plants.
“We really hope that we can build a nuclear power plant in Indonesia because we think that this is the most efficient power plant,” he said, as quoted by Tempointeraktif.com, in Jakarta on Thursday.
The Indonesian government would not need to pay for the construction of the plant, if it agreed to have one built.
Shchedrovitskiy offered a number financing options. Citing an example, he said Russia had built a 4,000 Megawatt nuclear plant in Turkey for free on the grounds that the Turkish government would buy electricity from the plant at a certain price over a certain period of time.
Shchedrovitskiy said the price of electricity generate at the plant ranged from US$0.1 to $0.15 per kilowatt hour.
“It depends on the contract that we agree to,” Shchedrovitskiy said, adding that the plant's reactor could operate for around 60 years.
Shchedrovitskiy said Russia would collect the nuclear waste from the plant for reprocessing in Russia.
By Shaun Walker
Friday, 17 December 2010
The European Parliament has voted to recommend a freeze on the assets of 60 Russian officials implicated in the death of a corporate lawyer in a Moscow prison last year.
Sergey Magnitsky died aged 37 after his pancreatitis, which he developed in jail, went untreated.
His colleagues say he was subjected to appalling conditions after he discovered that officials in Russia's Interior Ministry were behind a scam to steal millions from the Russian state. He was working on the defence of Hermitage Capital Management, which had accused top officials of fraud.
Russia and Belarus have yet to agree on '11 gas price
Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:18am GMT
MINSK Dec 17 (Reuters) - Russia and Belarus are still in discussions over the price of Russian natural gas deliveries to Belarus in 2011, Belarus' Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said at a meeting with ministers on Friday.
"At the moment Belarussian-Russian talks are in progress over the question of the price of gas in 2011," said Kobyakov.
(Reporting Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Jessica Bachman
Belarus to Receive $4 Billion of Subsidies, Ministry of Finance
Russian Ministry of Finance calculated the size of subsidies for Belarus to receive in 2011 owing to duty-free supplies of Russian oil. According to Secretary of State, Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov, it will reach up to $4 billion.
The Russian government's representative considers the recent talks with Belarus successful, as the parties have agreed on the duty-free oil supplies to Minsk, RBC reports.
"Instead, Belarus undertakes to transfer all export oil duties to us, exported outside the Customs Union. These are serious subsidies to Belarus from Russia of about $4 billion in 2011," Sergei Shatalov said.
According to Telegraf, the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on the outcome of Moscow meeting of the Interstate Council of Eurasian Economic Community on December 9 that Belarus and Russia would abolish oil duties since January 2011.
In turn, First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko said that the agreement between Minsk, Moscow and Astana on the abolition of duties on crude oil and petroleum products in the Customs Union would be of an indefinite-term character.
Russia-Georgia talks in Geneva end with no agreement
09:12, December 17, 2010
Russia and Georgia concluded their 14th round of talks on Thursday, without reaching agreement on security and other issues of mutual concern.
According to the press communique delivered by the co-chairs of the talks, discussions were carried out by two separate working groups -- one on "a review of the security situation on the ground " and the other on "humanitarian issues." None of the working groups produced concrete agreement.
In a press conference following the talks, Georgia's First Deputy Foreign Minister Giorgi Bokeria regarded the round as " quite disappointing."
He blamed Russia for not only refusing to pledge non-use of force against Georgia, but also conducted "further militarization" in the region by deploying additional weapon systems.
Responding to Bokeria's remarks, a Russian representative at the scene attributed the "broken" dialogues to Georgia's own decision to "commit aggression against Ossetia in August, 2008."
"We have not used force on our initiative", but rather "used it only to turn back aggression," said the Russian representative, blaming Georgia for not recognizing South Ossetia and Abkhazia and "lack of flexibility" in the dialogues.
The next round of talks between Russia and Georgia will be held on March 4, 2011. The last round of their internationally-mediated talks, held in Oct. 14, 2010, also failed to produce positive results on key security issues.
EU Special Representative Pierre Morel, one of the co-chairs of the talks, regarded the talks as "difficult session," with only " modest step forward" on several minor issues, such as the imminent removal of the Russian checkpoint in Perevi.
Dispute between Moscow and Tbilisi escalated after Georgia detained six people on Dec. 3 suspected of getting involved in the bombing attacks this autumn at Tbilisi.
Georgia's Interior Ministry accused an Abkhazia-based Russian military officer as the handler of the bombers. Georgia has also requested Russia to detain the military officer, identified as major Yevgeny Borisov, for interrogation. Moscow refuted the allegation, regarding it as "a show" which "could only cause a smile by clear-headed people," and a "Saakashvili fiction" which was "especially provocative."
On Dec. 7, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili made a pledge on non-use of force in addressing regional issues, at the OSCE summit in Kazakhstan capital Astana, ahead of the 14th round of Geneva talks. Without concessions over the key concerns of Russia, the pledge seemed to be no more than a unilateral action.
The Geneva Talks, which were launched in the wake of the August 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia, are held in the presence of co-organizers -- the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The Georgian and Russian negotiators have not agreed with each other on any major issues and the Georgians will not agree to the participation in the talks by the representatives from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which have proclaimed independence.
The Geneva Talks was one of the six points agreed on by the Russian and French presidents during a September 2008 meeting to broker a cease-fire between Russia and Georgia.
The sixth and final point calls for internationally mediated talks on security guarantees for Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Russian-French agreement also called for internationally mediated discussions focusing on security and stability in the South Caucasus region and made provisions for discussions of further issues with mutual Russian and Georgian consent.