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Libyan FM asks Russia to arrange ceasefire

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Libyan FM asks Russia to arrange ceasefire
May 27, 2011 06:08 Moscow Time

In a telephone linkup Friday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Libya’s foreign minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi asked Moscow to arrange an immediate ceasefire in his country and the start of settlement talks with the Western coalition without any preconditions.

Lavrov, for his part, said he believed in a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

On Thursday President Dmitry Medvedev’s negotiating partners at the G8 summit in Deauville, France, asked him to act as a go-between in the ongoing efforts to peacefully resolve the conflict in Libya. 

Dmitry Medvedev held one-on-one meetings on Thursday with US and French Presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, and also with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

01:24 27/05/2011ALL NEWS

Lavrov outlines position on Libya to Mahmudi.

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MOSCOW, May 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi on Thursday, the foreign ministry said.

“The representative of Tripoli asked assistance in promoting a ceasefire agreement and beginning of negotiations without preconditions,” the ministry said.

Lavrov reiterated the Russian position and urged to comply with the UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 and prevent actions that can trigger new civilian casualties. He informed the Libyan prime minister about Russian assessments of prospects to end the crisis in Libya “in the light of meetings held by President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the summit in Deauville,” the ministry said.

“Lavrov said due to a complex of factors there are emerging components of a possible agreement to end hostilities and transfer the situation to a peaceful line with the participation of all political forces and tribes of the country without outside interference,” the ministry said.

It stressed Russia will support such a turn of developments. “There are real chances for that. The Libyans, including Tripoli, which shall display responsibility for the fate of the state and people, shall now have a say,” it said.

Lavrov also said President Medvedev actively supports the effort of the African Union and the United Nations which has been discussed in detail during recent contacts in the Russian foreign ministry with representatives of Tripoli and Benghazi.

Lavrov is accompanying Medvedev in Deauville.

Medvedev asked to mediate end to Libya conflict
May 27, 2011 02:22 Moscow Time

President Dmitry Medvedev’s negotiating partners at the G8 summit in Deauville, France, have asked him to act as a go-between in the ongoing efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis in Libya. 

Dmitry Medvedev held one-on-one meetings on Thursday with US and French Presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, and also with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

06:40 27/05/2011Top News

Medvedev to meet Merkel, Kan in Deauville

DEAUVILLE, May 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Deauville on Friday.

Medvedev and Merkel “will ‘synchronize watches’ in bilateral cooperation, in particular, in the light of the Russian-German Year of Education, Science and Innovations which began on May 23 and preparations for the 13th round of interstate consultations at the top level in Hannover in July,” Medvedev’s foreign policy aide Sergei Prikhodko said.

“On the foreign policy track the Russian and German leaders will pay specific attention to the current situation in the Middle East and Northern Africa and to further joint work in the G8 and partnership development between Russia and NATO,” he added.

“On the eve of the Russia-EU summit in Nizhni Novgorod in June Medvedev and Merkel will exchange opinions on issues of the formation of renewed European security architecture and the development of strategic partnership between Russia and the European Union, including the promotion of Russian initiatives on a visa-free travel and cooperation in the framework of the Partnership for Modernization program, and the state and development of European interaction in the sphere of energy,” Prikhodko said.

With the Japanese prime minister Medvedev will discuss the elimination of the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.

“An important issue to be discussed is ongoing interaction in the elimination of the consequences of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Russia is ready to share with Japan its experience and available designs in the sphere,” Prikhodko said.

Medvedev and Kan “will discuss problems of ensuring nuclear power safety.”

“The Russian side is ready for close interaction with Japan in the sphere both on bilateral and multilateral basis, including in the IAEA framework, and is set for major joint effort in the framework of bilateral intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in peaceful nuclear energy and hopes Japan will ratify it in the near future,” the aide said.

“Joint efforts of our countries to overcome the consequences of the natural-technogenic disaster create possibilities for providing additional dynamic to bilateral relationship. Major guidelines of joint work include interaction in the energy sphere, including increased supplies of Russian energy carriers to Japan and participation of Japanese businesses in major long-term projects in East Siberia and the Far East, expanded cooperation in fishing and agricultural production,” Prikhodko said.

He did not rule out that Kan will traditionally raise the territorial dispute and said the Russian position remained unchanged regarding it.

Cameron confirms Moscow visit in September
Today at 09:07 | Interfax-Ukraine

Deauville, May 27 (Interfax) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed his visit to Russia in September 2011.

"At their meeting in Deauville on Thursday Dmitry Medvedev and David Cameron discussed the forthcoming visit by the British prime minister to Moscow in September. Cameron has confirmed his intention to come to Russia with a large group of British business people," Russian President's Press Secretary Natalya Timakova told journalists.

Medvedev emphasized the need for a more significant representation of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) at the senior level within the International Monetary Fund (IMF), she said.

"Today there is a certain Eurocentrism in this international organization. We believe that the BRICS countries need a far weightier representation in the IMF, given their economic potential. We are talking not about the IMF chief specifically, but the Fund's senior level," Timakova said.

The two countries' leaders praised the level of the bilateral economic cooperation, the press secretary said. "The parties acknowledged that despite a number of issues in the bilateral relations and those that are quite sensitive, the countries have to step up their economic cooperation," she said.

Cameron's visit to Moscow with a group of British business people will be aimed precisely at achieving this goal, Timakova said.

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02:04 27/05/2011ALL NEWS

Russia to offer G8 Internet development proposals.

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DEAUVILLE, May 27 (Itar-Tass) —— President Dmitry Medvedev promised to his G8 colleagues Russia would submit proposals to develop Internet and legal norms for that in the near future, presidential economic aide Arkady Dvorkovich told reporters on Thursday after a summit session devoted to Internet problems.

He said Russia is currently “accumulating ideas” and the taskforce is headed by First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.

The Russian president “insists traditional legal norms regarding intellectual property are not fit for Internet,” Dvorkovich said adding the position is shared by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“We have to change both international and national legal norms to legalize the use of content and protect copyright,” Dvorkovich said adding the meeting devoted to Internet was “specifically interesting, informal, and very lively.”

“They spoke about the necessity of accurate approaches to Internet as it is important not to undermine freedom principles, but protect from cybercrime, interference into privacy, and protect children from dangerous information,” Dvorkovich said adding some countries occupy a tougher stance on the issue.

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