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June 2007 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Russia's Soviet Past Still Haunts Relations with West cfr.org 29 Jun 2007 -- In a recent speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russians "shouldn't feel guilty" about Stalin's purges, while accusing Western academics of downplaying Moscow's role in ending World War II and exaggerating the atrocities committed by Stalin.
- Analysis: Soul-Searching in Kennebunkport cfr.org 29 Jun 2007 -- Caviar from the Caspian Sea will be flown in to the land of lobster as what might be the final meeting between Presidents Bush and Vladimir Putin gets underway in Kennebunkport, Maine
- Bush-Putin summit to address differences, highlight positive legacy RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2007 -- Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and George W. Bush of the United States will meet this weekend to try to relieve tensions between their countries before they both leave office in 2008.
- Russia, France set to cooperate in naval industry RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2007 -- Russia's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport and French Thales signed a document Friday on cooperation in the production of naval equipment.
- Russia, Indonesia sign corvette construction agreement RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2007 -- Russia's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Friday it has signed a contractual agreement on the design and construction of corvettes for the Indonesian navy.
- Russia puts Cosmos military satellite in orbit - space agency RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2007 -- Russia has successfully put a Cosmos-series military satellite into orbit after a launch from a space center in Kazakhstan, Russia's space agency said Friday.
- Venezuelan President Chavez in Russia for Possible Weapons Deal VOA 28 Jun 2007 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in Moscow for discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin about a possible arms deal and expanded economic ties between the two countries
- Russia continues military pullout from Georgia RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2007 -- A train carrying military hardware left a Russian base in Georgia early Thursday as part of a 2006 deal on the withdrawal of Russian bases from the ex-Soviet state, a senior military official said.
- Experts survey sunken Russian nuclear sub for radiation RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2007 -- A group of Russian and foreign experts Thursday began monitoring radiation levels at the site of a 2003 incident involving a Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea, a Russian Navy official said.
- Russian, Japanese expectations high for upcoming N.Korea talks RIA Novosti 28 Jun 2007 -- A senior Russian diplomat said Thursday on a visit to Tokyo that Russia and Japan expected substantial progress to be made in advance of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament.
- Russia: Moscow Turns Its Attention To The Balkans RFE/RL 27 Jun 2007 -- Two southern European cities. Two summits. One loud and clear message from Russian President Vladimir Putin: We're back.
- U.S. shield risks Russia's security dialogue with EU, NATO - minister RIA Novosti 27 Jun 2007 -- U.S. plans to deploy a missile defense system in Central Europe may undermine Russia's security cooperation with the European Union and NATO, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday.
- Russia Warns NATO Against Unilateral Security Steps RFE/RL 26 Jun 2007 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned NATO against unilateral steps that would compromise Russia's national security.
- NATO hopes Russia remains in CFE treaty RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2007 -- NATO hopes Russia will not quit the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, the alliance's secretary general told journalists Tuesday.
- Russia links its cooperation with NATO to bloc's reform RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2007 -- Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday the country will be building its cooperation with NATO with an eye to the trans-Atlantic alliance's internal reforms.
- Lavrov Warns NATO Against Compromising Russia's Security VOA 26 Jun 2007 -- Moscow is warning NATO not to adopt policies that increase European security at the expense of Russia
- Russia enters new stage of missile systems development - Ivanov RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2007 -- Russia is making a transition to a new stage in the development of the country's strategic and tactical nuclear arsenals, a Russian first deputy prime minister said Tuesday.
- Russian national says recruited by MI6 - FSB RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2007 -- Russia's security service said Tuesday it was questioning a Russian national who approached it claiming he had been recruited by Britain's Secret Intelligence Service.
- Russian envoy off to Japan to discuss resumption of N. Korea talks RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2007 -- Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov, Russia's chief negotiator at the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program, will fly to Japan Wednesday to discuss the resumption of talks, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
- NATO chief says no quick fix to Russia's concerns over expansion RIA Novosti 25 Jun 2007 -- NATO's secretary general said Monday he did not expect a quick solution to Russia's concerns over the Western alliance's enlargement.
- Russia has 19 warships at sea currently - admiral RIA Novosti 23 Jun 2007 -- Russia currently has 19 active-duty surface ships and submarines at sea, the Russian Navy commander said Saturday.
- Russia to commission 3 Topol-M ICBMs this year - missile general RIA Novosti 23 Jun 2007 -- Russia will have commissioned three road-mobile Topol-M ICBMs this year, the Strategic Missile Forces commander said Saturday.
- Russia supplies new Mi-17 helicopters to Iraq RIA Novosti 24 Jun 2007 -- The first batch of Russian Mi-17 Hip multi-purpose helicopters has been commissioned by the Iraqi army, an Iraqi newspaper said Sunday.
- Russia says it hopes for missile defense agreement with U.S. RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2007 -- Moscow hopes to reach an agreement on missile defense with the U.S., Russia's foreign minister said Friday in an interview with TV network Vesti 24.
- Russia Ruled Responsible For Killings Of Four Chechens RFE/RL 21 Jun 2007 -- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russian forces were responsible for the killings of four members of a Chechen family in 2003.
- Chechnya: Rights Situation May Be Improving RFE/RL 21 Jun 2007 -- The current war in Chechnya that began in the fall of 1999 has, to a far greater degree than the 1994-1996 conflict, been accompanied by systematic, widespread, and egregious human rights violations committed by both the Russian military and pro-Moscow Chechen forces.
- Russia opposes artificial deadlines for Kosovo settlement RIA Novosti 21 Jun 2007 -- Russia opposes artificial timeframes for settling Kosovo's status, a deputy foreign minister said Thursday at a meeting with Serbian Ambassador Stanimir Vukicevic.
- Russia continues military pullout from Georgia RIA Novosti 21 Jun 2007 -- A train carrying military hardware left a Russian base in Georgia early Thursday as part of a 2006 deal on the withdrawal of Russian bases from the ex-Soviet Caucasus state, the Georgian Defense Ministry said.
- Russian military says response to Gabala test for U.S. RIA Novosti 21 Jun 2007 -- Russia's chief of general staff suggested Thursday Washington's insistence on its missile defense plans, and the likely rejection of Russia's offer to use a radar in Azerbaijan, will reveal the real U.S. motives.
- Kazakhstan ratifies agreements with Russia on test sites RIA Novosti 21 Jun 2007 -- The upper house of Kazakhstan's parliament ratified Thursday protocols on changes to Russian-Kazakh agreements on the lease of four military test sites in the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic.
- Austria releases Russian space agency official - embassy RIA Novosti 21 Jun 2007 -- Austrian authorities have released a Russian space agency official arrested on espionage charges last week and he will be soon handed over to Russian diplomats, Russia's Embassy in Vienna said Thursday.
- NATO says cooperation with Russia to stay on course RIA Novosti 20 Jun 2007 -- NATO enlargement will not affect cooperation with Russia, and missile defense plans in Europe are not aimed against the country, the Western alliance's secretary general said Wednesday.
- U.S. hosts Frukus Russia-NATO interoperability naval exercise RIA Novosti 20 Jun 2007 -- Russian, U.S., U.K., and French warships have started sea maneuvers as part of the major Russia-NATO interoperability exercise near the U.S. Atlantic coast, a Russian Navy spokesman said Wednesday.
- Russia's space agency strikes multiple deals at Le Bourget RIA Novosti 20 Jun 2007 -- Russia's space agency signed three contracts, five agreements, and a memorandum at an international air show in France, the agency's head said Wednesday.
- Russian spy suspect has diplomatic immunity - Austria RIA Novosti 20 Jun 2007 -- Austria's foreign ministry confirmed Wednesday the Russian detained for spying last week had diplomatic immunity, adding they planned to request Russia strip him of his status.
- Rotation of Russian air group in Sudan takes place in July - AF RIA Novosti 19 Jun 2007 -- The Russian air group, part of the UN Mission in Sudan, will carry out a regular rotation July 3-9, an aide to the Russian Air Force commander said Tuesday.
- Russia's Irkut to export 242 Su-30 fighters by 2014 RIA Novosti 19 Jun 2007 -- Russia's Irkut aircraft maker said Tuesday it will export 242 multi-role Su-30 Flanker fighters, worth around $7 billion, by 2014.
- Venezuela to buy Russian submarines, air defense systems - source RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2007 -- Venezuela is planning to procure up to 10 modern diesel submarines and several Tor-M1 air defense missile complexes from Russia, a source at a Russian think tank said Monday.
- Iran: Tehran Says It Has Kremlin Assurance It Won't Share Radar With U.S. RFE/RL 18 Jun 2007 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry says it has received assurances that Moscow willl not let the United States share a Russian radar facility in Azerbaijan as part of a missile shield against Iran -- despite an offer by President Vladimir Putin to U.S. President George W. Bush to do exactly that.
- MiG plans to supply 350 upgraded MiG-29 planes abroad by 2020 RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2007 -- Russian aircraft builder MiG plans to export 350 modernized MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters with a total value of $10-12 billion by 2020, a deputy general director said Monday.
- 60 Russian defense producers to attend Le Bourget air show RIA Novosti 17 Jun 2007 -- At least 60 Russian defense sector companies will showcase their products at the world's most prestigious annual air show at Le Bourget near Paris next week.
- Azeri Radar Would Not Replace Czech Anti-Missile Site, U.S. Says Washington File 15 Jun 2007 -- NATO's 26 nations have agreed to assess by February 2008 the political and military implications of planned missile-defense systems in Europe, and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said alliance members have voiced no criticism of the U.S. portion of the plan.
- Russia: Moscow 'Unhappy' With Outcome Of CFE Conference RFE/RL 15 Jun 2007 -- An extraordinary conference of the 30 state parties to the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty ended today in Vienna with participants failing to agree on a final joint statement.
- NATO, Russia disagree on US missile system for Europe IRNA 15 Jun 2007 -- NATO Defence Ministers agreed Thursday to assess by February 2008 the political and military implications for the 26-member Alliance of the US missile system in Europe.
- Russia dissatisfied with CFE extraordinary conference RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2007 -- Russia is not satisfied with the results of an emergency conference of signatory countries to the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE), which ended in the Austrian capital Friday, the head of the Russian delegation said.
- U.S., Russian Defense Chiefs Meet, Avoid Missile Issue RFE/RL 15 Jun 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates held a brief meeting today with his Russian counterpart, Anatoly Serdyukov, on the sidelines of a conference of NATO defense ministers, which ended today in Brussels.
- NATO defense ministers favor missile shield talks with Russia RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2007 -- Defense ministers of 26 NATO member states have spoken out for continuing consultations with Russia on plans to deploy U.S. missile defense elements in Central Europe.
- Joint use of Azeri radar does not remove Iran threat - Obering RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2007 -- The joint use of a radar in Azerbaijan, which Russia has proposed to Washington, would not remove the threat of a missile attack from Iran, the U.S. missile defense chief said Friday.
- Russia's FSB probes MI6 activities based on Lugovoi claims RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2007 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has launched an investigation into British intelligence activities in Russia after statements made by businessman Andrei Lugovoi against a former FSB officer and tycoon, the service said Friday.
- U.S. Seeks "Creative Compromise" To Keep Russia in Key Pact Washington File 14 Jun 2007 -- The United States and other European nations want to address "seriously and creatively" Russia's concerns over the future of the Conventional Forces Europe (CFE) Treaty, one of history's most successful arms control agreements, a senior U.S. diplomat says.
- Russia to begin deliveries of Su-30 fighters to Malaysia June 17 RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2007 -- Russia will deliver the first two serial Su-30MKM fighters under a contract with the Royal Malaysian Air Force June 17, the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer said Thursday.
- Venezuela mulls purchase of Russian submarines - source RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2007 -- Venezuela is close to striking a deal with Russia on the procurement of several diesel submarines for its Navy, a source in the Russian shipbuilding industry said Thursday.
- Russia's top prosecutor says looking into U.K.'s Lugovoi charges RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2007 -- Russia's top prosecutor said Thursday that his office was examining London's case against Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi, accused of murdering ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, but ruled out extradition.
- Russia confirms arrest of space official for spying in Austria RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2007 -- A Russian national detained by Austrian police on allegations of spying is a 51-year-old employee of the Russian Space Agency, an agency spokesman said Thursday.
- Russia's Missile Forces to test launch Voyevoda ICBMs - commander RIA Novosti 12 Jun 2007 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Forces are preparing two test launches of heavy R-36M2 Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan) intercontinental ballistic missiles, the forces' commander said Tuesday.
- S-400 system deployment postponed - Russian AF commander RIA Novosti 12 Jun 2007 -- S-400 missile defense systems (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) will be deployed later that previously expected, the commander of Russia's Air Force said Tuesday.
- Russia dismisses allegations it is building military base in Abkhazia RIA Novosti 11 Jun 2007 -- Russia's Defense Ministry dismissed allegations Monday that it was building a military base in Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia.
- Bush Says Azerbaijan Radar Proposal 'Interesting' RFE/RL 11 Jun 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has again described an offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin to jointly use a radar station in Azerbaijan as an "interesting proposal."
- Bush Thanks Poland for Missile Defense Support Washington File 11 Jun 2007 -- European nations and the United States will negotiate a missile-defense agreement that protects the entire European continent, President Bush said during a visit to Poland -- a proposed host-nation for U.S. anti-missile interceptors.
- Bush, Parvanov Discuss Missile Defense VOA 11 Jun 2007 -- President Bush is in Bulgaria for talks on plans for an American missile defense system in Europe and to thank the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) members for contributing troops to Iraq and Afghanistan
- Russia urges U.S. to shelve missile plans, look for alternatives RIA Novosti 09 Jun 2007 -- Russia's foreign minister said Saturday the U.S. should put on hold moves to deploy a missile shield in Europe pending talks on Moscow's recent offer to jointly use a radar in Azerbaijan.
- First deputy PM says Russian radar proposal most effective RIA Novosti 09 Jun 2007 -- A Russian first deputy prime minister said Saturday that the joint U.S.-Russian use of a radar in Azerbaijan would be the most effective way of controlling any missile launches from a southerly direction.
- Russia's Ivanov denies presidential ambitions RIA Novosti 09 Jun 2007 -- Sergei Ivanov, widely seen as a likely candidate to succeed Vladimir Putin, denied Saturday he harbored any presidential ambitions.
- Russia: Is Putin's Azerbaijan Radar Proposal Serious? RFE/RL 08 Jun 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal on June 7 at the G8 summit in Germany to use the Qabala (Gabala) radar station in Azerbaijan as an element in the U.S. planned missile shield is a well-crafted diplomatic step.
- U.S./Russia: Russian Military Analyst Fleshes Out Radar Proposal RFE/RL 08 Jun 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to the United States to jointly operate a radar station in Azerbaijan, as part of a missile defense shield, seems to have caught the White House off guard.
- Azerbaijan: Locals Worry About Health Effects Of Radar RFE/RL 08 Jun 2007 -- The locals of Qabala (Gabala) call it "the dragon."
- Analysis: Putin Offers Compromise on Missile Defenses cfr.org 08 Jun 2007
- U.S./Russia: Missile Expert Assesses Azerbaijan Radar Proposal RFE/RL 08 Jun 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer jointly to operate a radar station in Azerbaijan to guard against missile attacks from rogue states has drawn a cautious response.
- U.S./Russia: Missile Expert Assesses Azerbaijan Radar Proposal RFE/RL 08 Jun 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer jointly to operate a radar station in Azerbaijan to guard against missile attacks from rogue states has drawn a cautious response
- Gabala radar can detect cruise missiles, ICBMs - Ivanov RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2007 -- Russia's first deputy prime minister said the Gabala radar, leased by Russia in Azerbaijan, is capable of detecting both cruise and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
- Russia awaits U.S. response on new radar proposal - senior MP RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2007 -- U.S. reaction to Russia's proposal to jointly use a radar in Azerbaijan as part of a global missile shield will show Washington's motives behind its planned missile defense system in Europe, a senior Russian lawmaker said Friday.
- Russia had a strong case for joint use of Azeri radar - Putin aide RIA Novosti 07 Jun 2007 -- Russia believes the U.S. will agree to Vladimir Putin's proposal to use a radar rented by Russia in Azerbaijan as part of a joint missile defense effort, a key Putin aide said Thursday.
- Azerbaijan ready to discuss radar use with Russia, U.S. - diplomat RIA Novosti 07 Jun 2007 -- Azerbaijan is willing to hold bilateral and multilateral talks with Russia and the United States on the joint use of a radar installation in the country, a senior diplomat said Thursday.
- Russia, U.S. agree on missile defense dialogue RIA Novosti 07 Jun 2007 -- The presidents of Russia and the United States agreed Thursday to cooperate on missile defense issues, and discussed the possibility of jointly using a radar installation in Azerbaijan.
- Putin Offers Alternative To U.S. Missile Shield In Europe RFE/RL 07 Jun 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered the United States to deploy a joint antimissile radar base in Azerbaijan.
- White House Welcomes Russian Missile Defense Offer Washington File 07 Jun 2007 -- President Bush welcomed an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin that could transform a dispute over a proposed European missile defense system into a new partnership opportunity for Washington and Moscow.
- Putin Offers to Join US Missile Defense Plan VOA 07 Jun 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to use a Soviet-built radar base in Azerbaijan as part of a U.S. plan for a missile defense system in Europe
- Russia continues pullout from post-Soviet bases in Georgia RIA Novosti 07 Jun 2007 -- A train carrying military hardware left a Russian base in Georgia early Thursday as part of a 2006 deal on the withdrawal of Russian bases from the ex-Soviet Caucasus state, the Georgian Defense Ministry said.
- Bush, Putin to Discuss Missile Defense VOA 07 Jun 2007 -- U.S. President George Bush says his plans for a missile defense system in Europe are no threat to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is the start of a new arms race
- Analysis: U.S.-Russia Rift Deepens cfr.org 06 Jun 2007 -- President Bush mentioned "freedom" no fewer than forty times in a speech delivered in Prague this week
- Bush Works to Ease Russian Concerns Over Missile Defense Plan VOA 06 Jun 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is threatening to aim missiles at new targets in Europe if America goes through with plans for a missile defense program
- Russia will not talk CFE treaty withdrawal in Vienna -Lavrov RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2007 -- Russia will not raise the issue of its withdrawal from the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty at a conference in Vienna in mid-June, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
- Defense Ministry to mothball space center in Russia's Far East RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2007 -- The Russian defense minister and a group of military inspectors arrived Wednesday at a space center in Russia's Far East, slated to be put out of operation later this year, a spokesman for the local governor said.
- Opposition Leader Says Bush Speech 'Cautious' On Russia RFE/RL 06 Jun 2007 -- Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov has described U.S. President George W. Bush's speech during the international Democracy and Security Conference as "cautious" on Russia.
- U.S. urges Russia, Britain to cooperate on extradition RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2007 -- The United States has urged Russia to collaborate more with Britain over extradition requests by both countries, but Russia's foreign minister denied a lack of cooperation.
- Gates 'Puzzled' By Russian Response to U.S. Missile Defense Plans AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today that he and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "are both puzzled by what the Russians are doing" in response to U.S. plans to build missile defense sites in Eastern Europe.
- Missile Defense System No Threat to Russia, Bush Says AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- The U.S. missile defense initiative in Europe is not aimed at Russia, but against the possibility of rogue states seeking to blackmail the West, President Bush said today during a news conference in Prague, Czech Republic.
- Russia to reply adequately to U.S. missile shield in Europe - FM RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2007 -- Russian military will make decisions necessary for the country's national defense, in response to U.S. plans to deploy elements of its missile shield in Central Europe, the Russian foreign minister said Tuesday.
- Putin warns of measures against U.S. missile shield in Europe RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2007 -- Russia's president warned of retaliatory steps against Washington's missile shield plans in Europe, and ridiculed a Pentagon missile defense cooperation offer to Russia.
- Russia's first deputy PM says Iskander tests were successful RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2007 -- Monitoring data show that last week's tests of the Russia's new Iskander SS-26 Stone missile were successful, a first deputy prime minister said Monday.
- Russia could complete Iran's NPP shortly - nuclear chief RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2007 -- Russia could complete the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant promptly if Iran ensured uninterrupted funding, Russia's nuclear chief, who is on a visit to Ukraine, said Monday.
- Bush calls Putin's missile shield statements harsh rhetoric RIA Novosti 01 May 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush told German television that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's remarks about Washington's plans to deploy a missile shield in Europe were harsh rhetoric.
- Bush Urges Russia To Reconsider Missile Defense Washington File 01 May 2007 -- The United States would welcome Russian participation in a European-based missile defense system, President Bush said in a series of interviews.
- N. Korea's nuclear program to top Lavrov's agenda in Seoul RIA Novosti 01 May 2007 -- Russia's foreign minister will visit South Korea June 4-5 where his agenda will be dominated by stalled international negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, a diplomatic spokesman said.
- Russia announces large joint military exercise with China, Shanghai Six RIA Novosti 01 May 2007 -- Russia will hold a counterterrorism military exercise with China and other members of the "Shanghai Six" in August, the Ground Forces commander said Friday.
- Russia, China sign commissioning act on 1st unit of Tianwan NPP RIA Novosti 02 May 2007 -- Russia and China have signed a commissioning document on the first unit of Tianwan nuclear power plant in China, Russia's nuclear equipment export monopoly said Saturday.
- U.K. denies politicizing Litvinenko affair RIA Novosti 01 Jun 2007 -- The U.K. Embassy in Moscow rejected Friday the Russian foreign minister's allegation that British authorities are using the Litvinenko affair for political ends, harming bilateral relations.
- Russia says Litvinenko visited Chechnya to kill for Berezovsky RIA Novosti 01 Jun 2007 -- A senior Russian official said there is strong evidence that Alexander Litvinenko visited Chechnya to eliminate witnesses linking tycoon Boris Berezovsky to terrorist warlord Shamil Basayev.
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