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January 2006 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Putin Says No 'Puppeteers' For Russian NGOs RFE/RL 31 Jan 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that non governmental organizations in Russia should not be controlled by what he called "puppeteers from abroad."
- Britain Defends Funding Of Russian NGOs RFE/RL 31 Jan 2006 -- Britain's ambassador to Moscow today defended his country's funding of nongovernmental organizations.
- Five Suspected Militants Captured In Chechnya RFE/RL 31 Jan 2006 -- Five suspected militants have reportedly been captured in Russia's restive southern republic of Chechnya.
- Russia Says Top Chechen Commander Killed In Daghestan RFE/RL 30 Jan 2006 -- Russian authorities claim a top Chechen separatist field commander was killed today during a security operation in the southern republic of Daghestan.
- Russia: Brutal Hazing Incident Rocks Army RFE/RL 27 Jan 2006 -- The brutal hazing of a young army conscript that resulted in several amputations has sparked widespread indignation in Russia
- Savage Hazing Incident Causes Outrage in Russia RFE/RL 26 Jan 2006 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today promised to make public the results of an investigation into a hazing incident in the army that has caused public outrage in Russia.
- Russian Atomic Energy Agency chief to visit Tehran in February IRNA 25 Jan 2006 -- Head of Russia's Federal Atomic Energy Agency Sergei Kiriyenko said here Wednesday that Moscow's proposal over Iran-Russia joint uranium enrichment plan will be on his itinerary when he travels to Tehran.
- Russia: Spy Scandal Highlights Mounting Pressure On NGOs RFE/RL 25 Jan 2006 -- The espionage charges leveled by Russia against Britain this week have sparked a bitter diplomatic row that could well sour long-term relations between the two nations
- Russian Duma Appeals To Europe Amid British Spy Scandal RFE/RL 25 Jan 2006 -- Russian lawmakers today called upon their European colleagues to condemn the funding of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) by foreign secret services.
- Russia Offers To Host International Nuclear Fuel-Cycle Center RFE/RL 25 Jan 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today suggested that his country host the first of several internationally monitored nuclear fuel-cycle centers.
- Russia: Council Of Europe Condemns Human Rights Violations In Chechnya RFE/RL 25 Jan 2006 -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today delivered a stinging rebuke to Russia for its record on human rights abuse in Chechnya.
- Iran, Russia review expansion of nuclear cooperation IRNA 24 Jan 2006 -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani conferred here Tuesday with the Secretary of Russia's National Security Council Igor Ivanov on expansion of mutual relations, international issues as well as nuclear cooperation between the two countries.
- Russia: 'Spy-Rock' Scandal Has NGOs Worried RFE/RL 24 Jan 2006 -- On 22 January, the Russian state television channel RTR showed viewers film footage of a rock, but not just any rock. This was an artificial rock that allegedly contained espionage equipment
- Ukraine Denies Stealing Russian Gas Meant For Others RFE/RL 23 Jan 2006 -- Ukraine has denied it is stealing Russian natural gas from a pipeline network meant to deliver supplies to customers in other countries.
- Ukraine: Crimea Lighthouse Becomes Another Bump In Ukrainian-Russian Relations RFE/RL 23 Jan 2006 -- Port authorities in Yalta, Crimea, on 13 January took over a lighthouse that had been used thus far by Russia's Black Sea Fleet. The takeover has provoked a diplomatic squabble between Moscow and Kyiv and drawn public attention in both countries to the Russian military presence in Ukraine
- Putin Sends FSB To Secure Caucasus Energy Plants RFE/RL 23 Jan 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today instructed the FSB federal security service to boost security at all energy facilities in the Caucasus.
- Britain Surprised, Concerned At Russian Spying Allegations RFE/RL 23 Jan 2006 -- The British Foreign Office today expressed "concern and surprise" at a report on Russian state television showing video footage of what it claims are British diplomats spying in Moscow.
- Russia: Relatives, Lawyers Concerned About Kabardino-Balkaria Detainees RFE/RL 19 Jan 2006 -- Russian officials say more than 60 people have been arrested on suspicion of participating, directly or not, in the 13 October deadly militant raids on Nalchik, the capital of the southern republic of Kabardino-Balkaria
- Russia Urges Caution With Iran RFE/RL 19 Jan 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today called for a cautious approach to the Iranian nuclear standoff.
- Russia: What's Behind Moscow's 'Iranian Game'? RFE/RL 19 Jan 2006 -- Earlier this week, Russia appeared to edge closer to the position of the United States and European Union on the issue of Iran's nuclear program, demanding that Tehran discontinue its pursuit of uranium-enrichment activities that the West fears could be used to make atomic weapons.
- Israeli Experts In Russia To Seek Support For Possible Iran Sanctions RFE/RL 18 Jan 2006 -- A delegation of Israeli nuclear and security experts is in Moscow today to try to persuade Russia to back possible international sanctions against Iran over Iran's nuclear program.
- President Putin: Iran has not rejected Moscow's proposal IRNA 17 Jan 2006 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin said here Monday, "The Iranian officials have still not officially rejected Moscow's proposal for uranium enrichment on Russian soil for Iranian nuclear reactors."
- Russian FM: Sanction against Iran not best solution IRNA 17 Jan 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov here Tuesday said that sanction against Iran is not the best and the sole solution to the current nuclear crisis.
- Russian Foreign Minister Says Diplomatic Solution to Iranian Nuclear Standoff Still Possible VOA 17 Jan 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says a diplomatic solution could end the standoff with Iran over its nuclear program.
- Russia, China Urge Caution In Iran Nuclear Dispute RFE/RL 17 Jan 2006 -- Moscow and Beijing have urged caution in dealing with the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
- Russia Urges Iran Solution Without Sanctions VOA 17 Jan 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the Kremlin believes imposing sanctions on Tehran is not the best way to resolve the international dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
- Russia: Analyst Says Moscow Will Not Follow West's Cue On Iran RFE/RL 16 Jan 2006 -- Russia in the past has discouraged a push by the United States and Europe to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council over its pursuit of a complete nuclear fuel cycle the West fears could be used to make atomic weapons.
- Iran's nuclear file does not hinder military cooperation: Russian official IRNA 15 Jan 2006 -- A Russian official said here Saturday that Iran's nuclear dossier will not prevent the continuation of Iran-Russia military cooperation.
- Russia Says Top Militant Killed In Daghestan RFE/RL 14 Jan 2006 -- Security forces say they killed a top suspected militant during a special operation against an armed group in Russia's southern republic of Daghestan today.
- Russia calls upon Iran to revise its decision about nuclear research IRNA 13 Jan 2006 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin here Friday called upon Iran to revise its decision about suspension of nuclear research.
- Iran's nuclear dossier not to influence Tor M1 contract IRNA 13 Jan 2006 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said here Friday that the developments in Iran's nuclear programs have no impact upon implementation of the contract on sale of Tor M1 air defense missiles to Iran.
- Russia Vows To Pursue Defense Cooperation With Iran RFE/RL 13 Jan 2006 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today said that his country will help Iran modernize its air defense systems as agreed last month despite the escalating dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.
- Wrap: Russia calls on Iran to re-impose nuclear moratorium RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2006 -- Russian defense and diplomatic officials made a series of announcements Friday on Iran, urging the country to re-impose its moratorium on nuclear research and reiterating an offer to enrich uranium in Russia, while playing down concerns over deliveries of missile systems to the Islamic Republic.
- Russian Forces Clash With Armed Group In Daghestan RFE/RL 13 Jan 2006 -- Security forces are reported to be fighting a group of armed militants in Russia's restive southern republic of Daghestan.
- OSCE: Russia Key To New Presidency's Attempts To Resolve Frozen Conflicts RFE/RL 12 Jan 2006 -- Belgium's Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht said in Brussels today that his country's 2006 presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) sees "openings" in Europe's so-called frozen conflicts.
- Russia Joins US in Condemning Iran's Nuclear Work VOA 11 Jan 2006 -- Russia says it shares with the United States a sense of "deep disappointment" over Iran's decision to resume nuclear fuel research.
- Russians, Chechens Differ On Militant Losses RFE/RL 11 Jan 2006 -- Chechen rebel leaders say around 100 militants were killed fighting Russian troops and regional security forces in the North Caucasus last year.
- Russian FM: Russia continues talks with Iran over Nuclear cooperation IRNA 10 Jan 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Tuesday that Russia is to continue negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran on nuclear cooperation and is to persuade the country to halt uranium enrichment during the talks.
- Russia, Ukraine Reach Deal on Natural Gas Prices, EU Welcomes Agreement VOA 04 Jan2006 -- Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a new price for natural gas, ending the bitter dispute that affected the flow of gas to western Europe earlier this week. Ukraine will now pay more for Russian gas, but less than Russia had demanded.
- Russia, Ukraine Hold Talks Aimed at Resolving Gas Dispute VOA 03 Jan 2006 -- A delegation of Ukrainian energy officials flew to Moscow to renew talks with Russia's energy company Gazprom, aimed at resolving a bitter dispute over natural gas prices. The talks come as Russia restored full gas service to Europe.
- Russia Pledges to Increase Gas Supply to Europe Amid Dispute with Ukraine VOA 02 Jan 2006 -- Russia's energy company Gazprom says it will increase the amount of natural gas it sends to its European customers through Ukraine. The move comes as Russia accuses Ukraine of stealing gas meant to go to Europe.
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