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Moscow hopes Mladic trial will be fair – ministry
MOSCOW. May 27 (Interfax) - Russia hopes that the trial over former leader of the Bosnian Serbs Ratko Mladic will be fair and will not lead to the protraction of the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), said Kostantin Dolgov, a Foreign Ministry official in charge of human rights, democracy and rule of law.

"We expect the trial against Mladic to be fair and unbiased," he told Interfax on Friday.

"We also hope this trial will not lead to the protraction of the ICTY work," he added.

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Moscow hopes for fair and unbiased trial of Ratko Mladic
RT News line, May 27

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Russia hopes that the trial of Ratko Mladic, a Serbian general accused of genocide, terror and war crimes, will be fair. «We hope that the upcoming trial will be fair and unbiased,» the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. Mladic, who is charged with orchestrating Europe's worst massacre of civilians since World War II, was arrested at a relative's home in a tiny Serbian village on Thursday. Meanwhile, some 500 demonstrators gathered in Belgrade in support of Mladic after his arrest was announced.

Russia wants missile security guarantees from U.S.
May 27, 2011 06:30 Moscow Time

Russia expects ironclad US guarantees that the proposed American missile shield will not undermine this country’s strategic capability.

Russia’s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, made this point clear Friday shortly after he arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, to attend the meeting there of the Russia-NATO parliamentary committee.

Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama had earlier discussed the matter on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Deauville, France.

President Obama said his country wanted a missile shield that would have in mind the security interests of both America and Russia.
05:05 27/05/2011ALL NEWS

Russia urges Europeans to voice position on missile shield.

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VARNA, May 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia wants European nations to voice their position regarding the planned U.S. missile defense on the continent and say whether it would improve relations with Russia, according to Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.

“They cannot continue hiding behind broad American shoulders and have to come out and voice their position. The Europeans have to say what they are planning to do and whether they comprehend the whole set of risks they are taking on and whether the missile defense will promote enhanced relations with Russia,” Rogozin told Tass late on Thursday after arrival in Bulgaria to address the Russia-NATO parliamentary committee in the framework of NATO parliamentary spring session.

“The Americans have made the first step and work to convince everyone that the missile defense means movement in the right direction. We, in our turn, proceed from the fact that the American system will be deployed on European land, which means European countries have to voice their point of view. The European position on the issue is extremely interesting for Russia,” Rogozin said.

He said Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov will hold consultations with U.S. counterparts in Brussels in early June.

“We hope the negotiations will give an impulse to political dialogue and the upcoming meeting of the Russian and NATO defense ministers will be more constructive,” the ambassador said.

Rogozin will address NATO parliamentary session on Friday.

Russia to reconcile NATO and Libya
Published: 27 May, 2011, 05:08
Edited: 27 May, 2011, 12:11

G8 leaders have asked Russia to mediate a cease-fire in the Libyan conflict, the Russian president's press secretary said after the first day of the high-level summit in the French town of Deauville.

Russia actually came to the G8 meeting aiming to try to influence G8 leaders on what is happening in Libya. It is no secret that Russia and China, on the one hand, and the West as such on the other, have very different approaches when it comes to the situation in Libya and North Africa and the Middle East in general.

That is: Every time you get involved in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation, you have to be very careful about what you do. Russia does not feel that it is the way things are being done in Libya right now.

Neither Russia nor China vetoed the infamous UN Security council resolution 1973 on Libya, but both made it very clear that they feel like the resolution has been manipulated in one way or another and that NATO’s operation to protect civilians has become anything but that.

It really looks like Russia is becoming a mediator in the Libyan conflict. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has held negotiations with the Libyan prime minister, Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, who asked him to help personally in achieving a cease-fire. Obviously world powers felt like Russia is the country to go into the stalemate and try to get things done.

Another major issue on the agenda is the euro crisis. The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has already proclaimed “we will not let euro fail,” which by itself is a recognition of the probability of such a course of events.

European officials appear to be really scared at such a prospect, and are doing the best they can making “it cannot happen” statements and spending billions not to let it happen.

A lot of bilateral meetings have occurred. President Dmitry Medvedev had a meeting with the host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and another one with US President Barack Obama. No doubt they have exchanged opinions on the situation in Libya.

Another topic of the Medvedev-Obama meeting was missile defense. Russia lately has been raising post-signing Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty concerns that the US is not transparent enough when it comes to its future plans for missile defense. The Russian president also pointed out that he does believe in finding a solution acceptable to both parties when it comes to national security issues and even if the solution will only come with time, Medvedev and Obama have laid the groundwork for that to happen.

By looking to Russia to mediate the Libyan crisis, the G8 leaders have realized that the process of weakening or eliminating Gaddafi forces will take even more time while the Libyan opposition is not ready to associate itself with overturning the regime, noted Middle East expert Walid Phares from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

By standing firm in the UN and not letting the allies broaden their mandate in Libya, Russia gained its unique position as a credible mediator in the conflict, believes Phares.

“Gaddafi knows that on the ground he will have to give a major concession – to end with a regime change, not brutally, but politically. If he rejects the Russian conditions or Russian mediation, then his fate is sealed,” concluded Phares.

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