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Russian premier minister has come to Yerevan, Armenia for two-days bilateral negotiation on trade-economic, investment, energy, nuclear energy and transport issues.


Earlier in December Russia has announced about the obligatory closing down of all out of Moscow offices of the British Council. The lack of legal basis and problems with taxation were called the main reasons. Now the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs reveals other aspects of mutual reclamations and expects Britain to make advances.


Yesterday the three day official visit of the Greek MP Costas Karamanlis to Moscow was over. It was the fifth Russia-Greek meeting at the high level for the last two years. The main result of the meeting is the Russias claim to supply double as much gas to Greece up to 2040.


Kosovo may declare its independence early in 2008. The U.S. and leading allies would prefer proceeding under the supervised statehood plan, even without a U.N. agreement. Russia is pressing for more talks, pointing out that Kosovo separation can provoke a precedent for other countries.


Russia's Navy has resumed its continual presence in different regions of the world's oceans since December 5, 2007. The expedition to the northern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea is aimed at ensuring a Russia naval presence and establishing conditions for secure Russian navigation.


Everybody working in an office has to mix with different type of people. And except enjoying a good society of ones firm-mates one has to put up with irritating habits of the colleagues. Here are some common workplace personalities in Russia and in the UK.


PM of Finland paid a visit to Russia on November 27, 2007. The Prime Ministers of the two countries discussed ways of improving operations at the Finnish-Russian border, questions relating to the forest sector such as export duties on timber, cooperation in the field of energy and EU-Russia relations. They also discussed bilateral trade and economic relations and cooperation in the field of transport and the environment.


Summit Russia-EU, which is to be held in Mafra, Portugal, is rather a habit than a real necessity. Though Russia and EU were planning to sign an agreement on partnership a year ago, now this question is not on the agenda at all, because EU cant help noticing the conflict between Russia on the one side and Poland and the Baltic states on the other.


Bernard Kouchner, Foreign and European Affairs Minister of France, has presented the interests of the new French government during his two-day working visit in Moscow on September 17 and 18. Since Nicolas Sarkozy is French President, the position of the two countries differ on some issues, including unilateral recognition of Kosovo independence, the Irannian nuclear issue and antimissile defense system.


The yesterday resignation of Russian government produced lots of questions with not only the world society but even with Russian citizens themselves. Who is Viktor Zubkov? Who will remain in the cabinet of Ministers? How the main Russian policy will change? And, of course, did President Putin call his successor or its just a technical move? Today at briefing Mr. Zubkov said he regards his running for president as possible.


Within the APEC summit, which is held in Australia this week, Australia and Russia are planning to increase their economic cooperation in many fields, including peaceful use of uranium. Australian businessmen regard Russian market as developing and promising. At the same time the Russian side is to keep on investing into Australian natural assets industries.


Mr Bashmet is probably the most formidable exponent of the viola today. More than that, he is a string player of altogether uncanny powers. His tone is vocal, expressively vocal, devoid of artifice. He can move without a break from the most hushed, liquid legato to a huge, hall-filling fortissimo. - THE NEW YORK TIMES


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is released for sale in Moscow on July, 21, 3 a m. This is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series of novels by J.K.Rowling.


The First international festival of Finno-Ugric nations "SHUMBRAT, FINNO-UGRIA!" will be held in the capital of Mordovia - Saransk on July 19-21. Numerous delegations from Hungary, Finland, Estonia, all Finno-Ugric republics of Russia, representatives of more than 30 Russian regions - more than one a half thousands people - will arrive in Saransk.


The Foreign Office expelled four Russian diplomats from London over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. The stumbling block is the Moscow government's refusal to Andrei Lugovoi, the main suspect in the murder of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in November from radioactive poisoning. This move can seriously harm Russian relations with Britain.


The Post of Russia, a money transfer leader on Russian market, has announced of its lounging a money transfer draft. Its the first experience for the Post of Russia in the cross-border transfer market. Still the game is worth the candle as the volume of this business is valued as much as $6 bln.


Last week the first Russian Community in German Conference was opened in Nurnberg. Migration has become a rather natural process not only with birds and animals but also with people. What pushes us far from our habitual places? Political, economical, financial or personal reasons make us start thinking of moving away. Well to build a new house sometimes turns out to be easier than new home.


Lots of issues including Russia the USA complicated relations were discussed at G8 summit in Germany, but the question of the greenhouse effect taken for unimportant for many years appeared to be one of the most disputable. Anyway, there are a lot of experts who have some doubts in how much the human activity affects the planet. They dont believe in threat of global warming and Kyoto Protocol able to regulate world temperatures in particular.


Not a secret that Russia is a country of bureaucracy, in which there are a lot of government officials and their number permanently increases. In this situation the bureaucracy hampers the development of economy and private business, and it is one of the negative factors for foreign investors in Russia. Besides, a huge system of bureaucracy causes the corruption.


Within the last several days the world divided into two parts: those who support decision of the Estonian government to move the Soviet Bronze Soldier monument to the military cemetery and the others, standing against changes. To clarify all that has happened one must take into account different opinions from both Russian and Estonian sides and analyze the story of the monument after collapse of the Soviet Union.


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