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February 2006 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Volkov: Russia against reporting Iran's nuclear case to UNSC IRNA 28 Feb 2006 -- Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Yuri Volkov said on Tuesday that Russia is against reporting Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council and does not support it.
- Putin Optimistic About Iranian Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 28 Feb 2006 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin said today he is very optimistic that his country will manage to strike an agreement with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
- Russia hopes to reach final compromise with Iran by March 6 IRNA 27 Feb 2006 -- The head of Russia's Atomic Energy Organization, Sergei Kiriyenko, here Monday expressed hope Moscow would reach a final agreement with Tehran on the Russian proposal for setting up a joint uranium enrichment facility inside Russia.
- Volkov: Discords on nuclear issue to be solved through talks IRNA 27 Feb 2006 -- Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Yuri Volkov in a meeting with the head of Iran-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group, Kazem Jalali here Monday said that negotiation is the only way to solve various disagreements in the international community.
- Russia attempts to resolve Iran's nuclear issue in IAEA framework IRNA 27 Feb 2006 -- The spokesman for the Russian Atomic Energy Agency, Mikhail Kamenin, here Monday said that his country attempts to hold Iran's nuclear dossier on the agenda of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and solve it within the framework of the agency.
- Moscow Says Much Work Ahead In Iran Talks RFE/RL 27 Feb 2006 -- Russia today sought to downplay any progress it had made in three-day talks with Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.
- Russian Duma Passes Sweeping Antiterrorism Bill RFE/RL 26 Feb 2006 -- Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has overwhelmingly approved a bill setting out a range of procedures for counterterrorist operations.
- Moscow: Russian atomic cooperation proposal remains in force IRNA 26 Feb 2006 -- Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said Russian proposal to establish a joint uranium enrichment center with Iran remains in force.
- Kiriyenko: Russia will do its best to resolve dispute on Iran nuclear program IRNA 26 Feb 2006 -- Head of Russian Atomic Energy Organization Sergei Kiriyekno said on Sunday that Russia would do its best to find a diplomatic solution to Iranian nuclear program in the context of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
- Iran and Russia Agree in Principle on Uranium Enrichment Deal VOA 26 Feb 2006 -- Iran's nuclear chief says his country has agreed in principle with Russia on a joint uranium enrichment deal to ease the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
- Kiriyenko: Every state entitled to use peaceful nuclear energy IRNA 26 Feb 2006 -- The head of the Russian Atomic Energy Agency, Sergei Kiriyenko here Saturday said that according to Russia's policy, every country is entitled to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
- Russian Official Says Iran Nuclear Proposal Still On Table RFE/RL 25 Feb 2006 -- Russia's nuclear energy chief said today that Moscow's proposal to enrich Iranian uranium on Russian soil "remains on the negotiating table."
- Russian Official Says Iran Standoff Resolvable RFE/RL 25 Feb 2006 -- Russia's top nuclear official, Sergei Kiriyenko, expressed confidence after talks in Tehran today that it is still possible to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
- Russian, Chinese Officials Visit Iran for Nuclear Talks VOA 24 Feb 2006 -- Russian and Chinese officials are in Tehran for talks on a proposal that could avert U.N. sanctions over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.
- Russia: Fight Against Corruption Starts With Interior Ministry RFE/RL 24 Feb 2006 -- Despite the Russian State Duma's recent ratification of an international corruption convention, it will take a long time before Russia can seriously tackle graft -- especially when the country's Interior Ministry has been accused of corrupt practices.
- Iran, Russia need more time to reach nuclear agreement: Russian official IRNA 23 Feb 2006 -- Director of Russia's Center of Strategic Studies on Wednesday referred to Iran-Russia talks in Moscow as successful and said that the two countries need more time to reach an agreement.
- Lavrov says Kiryienko's trip to Tehran aims to resolve nuclear row IRNA 23 Feb 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister said here Thursday that the trip by head of Russia Atomic Energy Organization to Tehran Sergei Kiryienko aims to resolve Iran's nuclear row.
- Putin Expresses Hope Iran Will Accept Russian Compromise Proposal VOA 22 Feb 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is still hopeful a positive result can be reached with Iran concerning the international dispute over its nuclear program
- Russian FM expresses hope Iran nuclear dossier be resolved in IAEA IRNA 21 Feb 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Monday that Moscow hopes that Iran's nuclear dossier will be resolved within the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) framework.
- Russian FM expresses hope Iran nuclear dossier be resolved in IAEA IRNA 20 Feb 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Monday that Moscow hopes that Iran's nuclear dossier will be resolved within the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) framework.
- Iran: Officials In Moscow For Talks On Uranium-Enrichment Proposal RFE/RL 20 Feb 2006 -- Bilateral consultations opened today in Moscow on a Russian offer to enrich Iranian uranium on its territory
- Russia and Iran Hold Talks on Russian Nuclear Proposal VOA 20 Feb 2006 -- Russian and Iranian negotiators are holding talks in Moscow on a Russian compromise that is seen as a last chance to spare Iran from being called before the U.N. Security Council for possible punitive action for its controversial nuclear program.
- Russia: Stavropol Krai Violence Highlights Nogai Issues RFE/RL 18 Feb 2006 -- Russian police have claimed that the eight to 12 militants killed during an extended battle on 9-10 February in a village in the Neftekum district of Stavropol Krai were all Nogais, members of a djamaat, or militant group, based in the Shelkovsky district of northeastern Chechnya
- Kyrgyzstan: Russian, U.S. Military Bases On Opposite Tracks RFE/RL 18 Feb 2006 -- The future of the two foreign military bases in Kyrgyzstan became clearer this week. During a visit by a Russian delegation, a military official said the Russian base at Kant will be there "forever."
- Moscow Accuses Tbilisi Of 'Mean Tricks' Campaign RFE/RL 17 Feb 2006 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today accused Tbilisi of staging provocations against Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia.
- Moscow Criticizes Tbilisi On Peacekeepers RFE/RL 17 Feb 2006 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today accused Tbilisi of staging provocations against Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia.
- Russia: Putin Orders New Counterterrorism Committee RFE/RL 17 Feb 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on 16 February created by decree a National Counterterrorism Committee (NAK), a new government body tasked with coordinating all federal-level antiterrorism policies and operations
- Georgia: Tbilisi, Moscow Squabble Over South Ossetia Peacekeepers Resolution RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- Georgian Minister for Conflict Resolution Giorgi Khaindrava is in Moscow today for talks with Russian diplomats and security officials
- Russia 'Alarmed' Over Georgian Vote On South Ossetia RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- Russia says it is "alarmed" following a vote by Georgia's parliament demanding that Russian peacekeepers leave Georgia's separatist South Ossetia region.
- Russia Offers to Help Build Vietnam's First Nuclear Power Plant RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- Russia today offered to help Vietnam build its first nuclear power plant. The offer was made by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, who began a two-day visit to Vietnam today.
- Troop Increase Not Discussed At Russian-Kyrgyz Meeting RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- A meeting between the commander of Russia's air force and Kyrgyzstan's president and defense minister has ended without no immediate indication that Russia will increase its military presence in the country.
- Indonesia, Russia To Build Space Launch Site VOA 15 Feb 2006 -- Indonesian officials say they have signed an initial agreement with Russia to build a space launch center on the remote island of Biak off the coast of Papua New Guinea.
- Georgia: Parliament Votes Russian Peacekeepers Out Of South Ossetia RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- Georgian lawmakers today passed a long-awaited resolution denouncing what it said were Moscow's alleged attempts at "annexing" South Ossetia and recommending that the executive branch seek the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers deployed in the separatist republic
- Georgian Parliament Calls For Withdrawal Of Russian Peacekeepers RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- Georgia's parliament has unanimously called for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from the breakaway republic of South Ossetia and for replacing them with international forces.
- Russian Minister Slams Georgia Over Peacekeepers RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today accused Georgia's authorities of overstepping the limits of acceptable behavior in their recent actions toward Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia.
- Russia Calls on Iran To Rebuild Confidence in Nuke Program VOA 15 Feb 2006 -- Russia's foreign minister has called for Iran to return to the negotiating table and halt uranium enrichment as a way of rebuilding confidence in its controversial nuclear program.
- Russian Defense Minister Says Hazing Scandal Being Stoked RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today accused unnamed politicians and social activists in Russia of stoking a recent army hazing scandal to score political points.
- Russia: Putin's Former Colleagues Make Up Today's Energy 'Team' RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- For a glimpse into Russian President Vladimir Putin's views on energy and foreign policy, one need look no further than his years in St. Petersburg in the 1990s
- Profile: Sergei Kiriyenko, Russia's 'Kinder Surprise' RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- In August 1998, Russia spiraled into financial meltdown. The subsequent ruble devaluation was a severe blow to the country's financial system and millions of people lost their savings.
- Analysis: Russia's New Nuclear Strategy RFE/RL 15 Feb 2006 -- Nuclear power will take a special place in Russian President Vladimir Putin's national energy strategy, which was unveiled in December 2005
- Profile: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov RFE/RL 14 Feb 2006 -- Sergei Ivanov was appointed defense minister by President Vladimir Putin in 2001 with the task of breathing new life into Russia's crumbling army
- Russia: Outrage Prompts New Effort To Root Out Hazing RFE/RL 14 Feb 2006 -- Prosecutors in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan have opened a criminal investigation into the death of a conscript in Ufa.
- Hazing Harming Russian Military's Reputation VOA 13 Feb 2006 -- Each year, dozens of young men die in the Russian military, not in combat, but by the hands of their own colleagues.
- Ukraine Urges 'Market' Solution For Black Sea Fleet RFE/RL 13 Feb 2006 -- Ukrainian officials are calling for market-based relations with Russia on the eve of consultations over the status of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine.
- Arrests Reported In Southern Russia After Unrest RFE/RL 11 Feb 2006 -- Reports from southern Russia say security forces have conducted a series of arrests in the wake of deadly unrest in Stavropol Krai, near Chechnya.
- Russia: Moscow Confirms Missile-Systems Deal With Iran RFE/RL 10 Feb 2006 -- Russia yesterday confirmed that it has signed a deal to sell Iran air-defense missile systems
- Russian Troops In Fierce Battle With Militants Near Chechnya RFE/RL 10 Feb 2006 -- Some 300 Russian Interior Ministry troops and special forces fought a fierce battle today with Islamic militants in Tukui-Mekhteb, 40 kilometers north of Chechnya.
- Russian Forces Attack Militants In Stavropol RFE/RL 10 Feb 2006 -- Some 300 Russian police and special forces have launched an attack on a building held by gunmen in Stavropol Krai, close to the border with Chechnya.
- Russian Misperceptions of U.S. Intent Among Concerns at Hearing Washington File 09 Feb 2006 -- Two senior State Department officials shared with Congress February 8 their concerns about recent developments in Russia regarding human rights, civil society and democratic governance.
- Russia: Putin Singles Out Border Guards For Praise RFE/RL 09 Feb 2006 -- President Putin returned this week to a favorite theme: national security and the role of Russia's border guards in securing its frontiers.
- Georgia: Russian Peacekeepers Detained In South Ossetia RFE/RL 09 Feb 2006 -- Tensions between Tbilisi and Moscow heightened today with Georgia threatening to deport three Russian peacekeepers arrested overnight in its separatist republic of South Ossetia
- Georgia May Deport Detained Russian Officers RFE/RL 09 Feb 2006 -- A Georgian minister says three Russian military officers detained on the border with the breakaway republic of South Ossetia could be deported.
- Russia: Putin Calls On FSB To Modernize Border Guards RFE/RL 08 Feb 2006 -- Speaking at a meeting with senior officers of the Federal Security Service (FSB) on 7 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin said it is impossible to maintain Russia's national security without the "reliable guarding of its borders."
- All countries committed to diplomatic solution of Iran issue: FM IRNA 07 Feb 2006 -- senior Russian Foreign Ministry official has pointed to the unanimity of all countries in their wish to achieve a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.
- Russia: Annotated Timeline Of The Chechen Conflict RFE/RL 07 Feb 2006 -- Below, RFE/RL presents a timeline of Russia's troubled relations with the North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya.
- Russia: Chechen Envoy Talks To RFE/RL About Rebel Reshuffle RFE/RL 07 Feb 2006 -- Chechen separatist leader Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev on 6 February announced a government reshuffle, which targets several top rebel representatives abroad.
- Putin Praises FSB For Exposing Spies RFE/RL 07 Feb 2006 -- President Vladimir Putin today praised the Federal Security Service (FSB) for the "professionalism" that he said Russia's counterintelligence service recently demonstrated in exposing foreign spies.
- Russia calls for resolving Iran's nuclear issue through dialogue IRNA 06 Feb 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Iran's nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue.
- Ivanov plays down Russian role in settling Iranian nuclear row IRNA 06 Feb 2006 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov played down his country's role in resolving Iran's ongoing nuclear dispute with the West.
- Russia Calls For International Front Against Terrorism RFE/RL 05 Feb 2006 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told an international security conference in Munich on 5 February that Russia believes there is an urgent need for an international front against international terrorism under the aegis of the United Nations.
- Russia Calls on Iran to Answer Concerns About is Nuclear Program VOA 05 Feb 2006 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov is urging Iran to provide answers about its nuclear program in order to allay international concerns
- IAEA Board of Governors will lose legal foundation if it refers Iran to SC: Russian official IRNA 04 Feb 2006 -- A Russian official said here Friday that the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will lose its technical and legal foundation if it refers Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council under the US pressure.
- Russian official laments reporting of Iran nuclear dossier to UNSC IRNA 04 Feb 2006 -- Deputy Head of Russian Strategic Institute said here Saturday that the decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in reporting Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council has eliminated the nuclear watchdog agency's judicial and legal identity.
- Russia, Ukraine Set Up Joint Gas Venture RFE/RL 03 Feb 2006 -- Russia and Ukraine have set up a joint venture to sell natural gas from Russia and Central Asia to Ukraine.
- Russia: The Marriage Of Energy And Security RFE/RL 02 Feb 2006 -- The recent squabbles between Russia and Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia over gas have shed light on an interesting symbiotic relationship between Russia's National Security Concept, signed in March 2000, and Russia's Energy Strategy adopted in August 2003.
- Russia: Creation Of Military Police Could Help Curb Hazing RFE/RL 02 Feb 2006 -- The public outcry caused by the case of Army Private Andrei Sychyov, whose legs and genitals were amputated as a result of a severe hazing incident, has revived talk of setting up a military police.
- Russia To Scrap 17 Nuclear Submarines In 2006 RFE/RL 02 Feb 2006 -- A senior Russian nuclear official says Russia will scrap 17 decommissioned nuclear submarines this year.
- Russia: Is Putin Looking To Impose Solutions To Frozen Conflicts? RFE/RL 02 Feb 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his 31 January Kremlin press conference that there is a need for "universal principles" to settle "frozen" conflicts.
- Georgia Considers Kremlin Shift on Abkhazia Worrisome VOA 02 Feb 2006 -- Georgia is accusing Russia of shifting to a more aggressive policy toward several former Soviet republics.
- Russian Activists Protest Accusations In Spy Scandal RFE/RL 01 Feb 2006 -- Russian human rights activists today again protested recent accusations by the secret services that they had received funding from alleged spies working for the British embassy in Moscow.
- Russia May Need 40 New Nuclear Reactors By 2030 RFE/RL 01 Feb 2006 -- The head of Russia's Federal Atomic Energy Agency says Russia needs to build another 40 nuclear reactors by 2030.
- Russia: Putin Calls For 'Universal Principles' In Resolving Frozen Conflicts RFE/RL 01 Feb 2006 -- President Putin said during his 31 January press conference broadcast live on Russian state television that there is a need for "universal principles" to settle "frozen" conflicts such as the one in Kosova or those in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russian news agencies reported.
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