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July 2007 - Russia Special Weapons News
- Russia begins large-scale military exercises in North Caucasus RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2007 -- Russia began Monday large-scale military exercises in five regions of the North Caucasus, involving at least 8,000 personnel, an aide to the commander of the North Caucasus military district said Tuesday.
- N. Caucasus to host command and staff exercises July 31-Aug. 9 RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2007 -- Russia is set to conduct command and staff exercises throughout the North Caucasus from July 31 through August 9, a regional military spokesman said Tuesday.
- Russian lawmakers ready to pass CFE Treaty moratorium - Mironov RIA Novosti 30 Jul 2007 -- The Russian parliament could pass a bill on a unilateral moratorium of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe as early as September this year, a senior lawmaker said Monday.
- Russia, U.S. to hold at least 2 rounds of missile shield talks before Oct. reports RIA Novosti 30 Jul 2007 -- Russia's foreign minister said Monday that Russia and the United States will hold at least two rounds of talks on Washington's plans to deploy its missile shield in Central Europe before reports to the presidents are prepared in October.
- Russia, U.S. set to discuss missile defense in Washington RIA Novosti 30 Jul 2007 -- Russian and U.S. diplomats and military experts will start Monday two-day consultations on U.S. plans to deploy elements of its missile shield in Europe and Moscow's alternative proposals.
- Russian Navy denies nuclear sub blast RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2007 -- The Russian Navy denied Friday media reports of an explosion aboard a nuclear submarine under repair in Severodvinsk, on the White Sea, Thursday.
- IAEA to develop nuclear safety data system with Russia RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2007 -- Russia's industrial safety regulator said Friday it would establish this year a system for exchanging information with the UN nuclear watchdog to ensure radiation safety.
- Strategic Missile Forces to conduct over 100 exercises in fall RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2007 -- The Strategic Missile Forces will conduct more than 100 exercises this summer and fall, the SMF press service said Friday.
- Expelled Russian diplomats leave Britain - embassy RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2007 -- Four Russian diplomats, expelled by U.K. authorities amid a dispute over the Alexander Litvinenko murder case, have left Britain, a Russian Embassy official said Friday.
- Russia offers NATO strategic missile defense partnership -official RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2007 -- Russia is offering to engage NATO in a strategic partnership to counter possible missile threats, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Thursday.
- Another train with Russian military hardware leaves Georgia base RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2007 -- A train carrying military equipment 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, a Russian military official said.
- Russia to have integrated radar system by 2010 - commander RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2007 -- Russia's unified automated radar system will be up and running by 2010, the commander of the Air Force Radiotechnical Troops said Thursday.
- Russia to deploy S-400 air defense systems around Moscow Aug. 6 RIA Novosti 25 Jul 2007 -- Russia will deploy the first air defense battalion equipped with new S-400 missile systems around Moscow on August 6, an Air Force spokesman said.
- Russia demands evidence in Litvinenko case RIA Novosti 25 Jul 2007 -- The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has not yet received a single document in the Alexander Litvinenko murder case from Britain, a senior investigator said Wednesday.
- Russian radar offer to be discussed in U.S. July 30-31 RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2007 -- A Russian delegation will visit Washington July 30-31 to discuss the Russian president's proposals for the United States on missile defense cooperation in Europe, the foreign minister said Tuesday.
- Arms reductions treaty in Europe could be salvaged - Russian MP RIA novosti 23 Jul 2007 -- The Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty could still be "reanimated" if NATO countries agree to ratify its adopted version before the December 2007 deadline, a Russian parliament member said Monday.
- Putin signs law ratifying deals on ITER research reactor RIA novosti 23 Jul 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Monday a law on ratifying two agreements regulating the ITER project, an experimental reactor in France being built with Russia's involvement, aimed at eventually generating power by nuclear fusion.
- Russia, Britain Air Views On Diplomatic Dispute RFE/RL 23 Jul 2007 -- Russia's deputy prosecutor-general, Aleksandr Zvyagintsev, said Britain's expulsion of four Russian diplomats over Moscow's refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoi was politically motivated.
- Russian prosecutors propose U.K. ask Russia to try Lugovoi RIA novosti 23 Jul 2007 -- Russian prosecutors proposed Monday that the U.K. request Russia launch criminal proceedings against businessman Andrei Lugovoi, the key suspect in the murder of former Russian security service officer Alexander Litvinenko.
- Russia to make statement on Litvinenko case Monday RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2007 -- Russia's Prosecutor General's Office will make Monday an official statement regarding its cooperation with British authorities in the investigation of the widely-politicized murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
- Russian, French combat aircraft to leave Dushanbe - Tajik official RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2007 -- Russian and French military aircraft will be redeployed from the Dushanbe International Airport to a nearby airbase after it is completed, a state-run air carrier said Friday.
- Russia ready for talks on CFE Treaty in autumn - diplomat RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2007 -- Russia is ready to start talks on an amended Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty this autumn, and will continue to honor its provisions until the deadline set by a presidential decree, a Russian diplomat said Friday.
- Russia blames U.K. for halt in antiterrorism cooperation RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2007 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday that Britain was to blame for Moscow's suspension of bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, as the U.K. first suspended ties with Russia's main antiterrorism agency.
- Putin Says Britain, Russia To Overcome 'Minicrisis' RFE/RL 20 Jul 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says relations with Britain will develop normally despite what he called a "minicrisis" between London and Moscow.
- Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov: "Containing Russia: Back to the Future?" Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 19 Jul 2007
- US Backs Britain in Extradition Dispute with Moscow VOA 19 Jul 2007 -- The United States Thursday gave strong support to Britain in its escalating diplomatic dispute with Russia over the Alexander Litvinenko murder case
- NATO: Russian Intentions On CFE 'Not Clear' RFE/RL 19 Jul 2007 -- Russia's desire to withdraw from the CFE Treaty has been made clear enough, but what next?
- Defense source warns of threat to states hosting missile shield RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2007 -- A source in Russia's Defense Ministry warned Thursday that countries that host missile defense systems are not improving their own security, but are putting themselves and their neighbors at risk.
- Russia, N. Korea to open JV to link railroads RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2007 -- The Russian technology watchdog said Thursday that Russia and North Korea will set up a joint venture to reconstruct a rail link between the Russian border town of Khasan and North Korea's Najin.
- Malaysia to receive brand-new Russian fighters RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2007 -- Malaysia will receive the first 12 of its order of 18 Sukhoi Su-30-MKM Flanker fighters, the most advanced versions of the Su-27 warplane, before the year is out.
- Russia ready to discuss CFE Treaty with U.S. despite moratorium RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2007 -- Despite a recent moratorium on the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, Russia is ready to discuss the issue with the United States, the Russian foreign minister told the U.S. secretary of state on the phone.
- Russia sends motorized infantry battalion to North Caucasus - army RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2007 -- Russia is sending a motorized infantry battalion to the North Caucasus as part of a plan to deploy two mountain brigades near the border with Georgia, a Ground Forces spokesman said Wednesday.
- Putin appoints Russia's new Security Council chief - Kremlin RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2007 -- President Putin has appointed a new Security Council head following his approval of Igor Ivanov's resignation, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
- Russia proposes drafting simpler START arms treaty RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2007 -- Russia has proposed to the United States that the sides draft a simpler version of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), a senior Defense Ministry official said Wednesday.
- U.S. House backs closer ties with Russia on nuclear materials RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2007 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved expanding cooperation with Russia's nuclear authorities and Defense Ministry under a nuclear materials protection program.
- Britain Waits For Russia's Response To Ousted Diplomats RFE/RL 18 Jul 2007 -- London and Moscow remain in a diplomatic standoff following Russia's threat to take "targeted" steps against Britain for its expulsion of four Russian diplomats.
- Russia: West 'Shouldn't Surrender Its Values' In Relations RFE/RL 17 Jul 2007 -- The recent breakdown in relations between Moscow and London over tit-for-tat extradition requests has shone a spotlight on bigger cracks in the relationship between Russia and the West -- over democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
- Russia's Ground Forces to conduct 230 staff exercises in summer RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2007 -- Russia's Ground Forces will hold about 230 command-and-staff exercises at the operational level during summer 2007, a spokesman said Tuesday.
- U.K./Russia: Moscow Reacts Angrily To Expulsion of Diplomats RFE/RL 17 Jul 2007 -- Russian officials and media have reacted angrily to Britain's announcement that it will expel four Russian diplomats, a decision taken in response to Moscow's refusal to extradite the main suspect in the killing a former Russian security-service officer on English soil.
- U.K. govt. misleading public on Litvinenko case - Lugovoi RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2007 -- The U.K.'s latest moves against Russia are designed to draw the public's attention away from the investigation of the "Litvinenko case," agent-turned-businessman Andrei Lugovoi said Tuesday.
- Britain Says It Will Expel Four Russian Diplomats RFE/RL 16 Jul 2007 -- Britain said today it will expel four Russian diplomats because Moscow has refused to extradite a man suspected of killing former Russian security officer Aleksandr Litvinenko on English soil.
- Britain Expelling Russian Diplomats as Anger Over Spy Murder Case Intensifies VOA 16 Jul 2007 -- Britain is expelling four Russian diplomats and exploring other retaliatory measures after the refusal by Moscow to send former intelligence officer Andrei Lugovoi to London for trial in the murder of his former colleague, Alexander Litvinenko
- Russia: Analyst Says CFE Pullout Harms 'Trust And Transparency' RFE/RL 16 Jul 2007 -- Russia's July 14 announcement that it is suspending its participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty has been criticized in the United States and Europe.
- Russia becoming 'unpredictable' - Polish defense minister RIA Novosti 16 Jul 2007 -- Russia, which has suspended the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), is becoming an unpredictable country, the Polish defense minister said Monday.
- U.K. could expel Russian diplomats in Lugovoi standoff - paper RIA Novosti 16 Jul 2007 -- The U.K. could expel a number of Russian diplomats following Moscow's refusal to extradite businessman Andrei Lugovoi, the main suspect in the murder of former security officer Alexander Litvinenko, a respected British paper said Monday.
- Gorbachev: Russia's Suspension of Arms Treaty Justified VOA 15 Jul 2007 -- Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev says Russia's decision to suspend participation in a major European arms treaty is an "absolutely logical" move.
- Russia Suspends Participation In Key Arms Treaty RFE/RL 14 Jul 2007 -- President Vladimir Putin has suspended Russian participation in the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, a Cold War-era pact that is considered to be a vital pillar of European security and stability.
- Wrap: NATO, West regret Moscow's decision to pull out of CFE treaty RIA Novosti 14 Jul 2007 -- NATO regrets Moscow's decision to suspend its commitments under the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, the alliance's spokesperson said Saturday.
- Russia freezes CFE-related data provision, yet open to dialogue RIA Novosti 14 Jul 2007 -- Russia will freeze data provision and inspections as part of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, but will be open to further dialogue, the country's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
- Russian president decrees to suspend CFE treaty in Russia RIA Novosti 14 Jul 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin decreed Saturday to suspend the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and related international agreements in Russia until NATO ratifies an adaptation agreement, the Kremlin press service said.
- Russia successfully tests new S-400 air defense system RIA Novosti 13 Jul 2007 -- Russia has successfully conducted the first live firing tests of its new S-400 Triumf air defense complex at a testing ground in southern Russia, the Air Force said Friday.
- Proposal to reduce Russia's role in UN inappropriate-FM RIA Novosti 13 Jul 2007 -- The Russian foreign minister dismissed remarks by a UN envoy Friday as inappropriate suggesting Russia's role at the UN Security Council should be reduced over its hard line against Western states' Kosovo plan.
- Another train with Russian military hardware leaves Batumi base RIA Novosti 12 Jul 2007 -- A train carrying military equipment 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, a Russian military official said.
- U.S. spy master says intrigue over the Kremlin successor deepens 12 Jul 2007 -- A senior U.S. intelligence analyst said political maneuvering in Russia is intensifying as the country approaches presidential elections in March 2008.
- Russian Navy chief says new Black Sea base complete by 2012 RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2007 -- The construction of a new base for the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the port of Novorossiisk will be completed by 2012, the Navy Commander said Wednesday.
- U.K. to curb ties with Russia over Lugovoi; Russia "perplexed" RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2007 -- British media quoted a government spokesman Wednesday chastising Russia over its refusal to extradite a prime suspect in the poisoning of a Russian defector and U.K. national, while Russia has said it was "perplexed" by the British position.
- U.S. missile plans goad Russia into retaliation - expert RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2007 -- U.S. plans to deploy its missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic is a ploy to militarize Europe and lure Russia into retaliation, a Russian political expert said Tuesday.
- U.K. Slams Russia's Refusal To Extradite Murder Suspect RFE/RL 10 Jul 2007 -- Britain's Foreign Office has described as "unacceptable" Russia's refusal to extradite Andrei Luguvoi, the prime suspect in the murder of former Russian security officer Aleksandr Litvinenko.
- U.S. missile shield plans affect Asia - Russian FM RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2007 -- U.S. plans to deploy missile defenses in Central Europe may affect the situation in Asia, the Russian foreign minister said Monday.
- Security chief Ivanov to resign, possible Putin successor - source RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2007 -- Igor Ivanov, the secretary of the Russian Security Council, intends to step down later in July, a high-ranking source said Monday.
- Chechen emissary dismisses MI6 spy story RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2007 -- Chechen separatist envoy Akhmed Zakayev said claims by a former major in the Russian tax police and self-confessed spy, that he cooperated with MI6 are ridiculous, the Kommersant daily quoted him as saying Monday.
- Global missile defense system could be created by 2020 - Ivanov RIA Novosti 08 Jul 2007 -- A global missile defense system proposed by Russia could be created by 2020, a Russian first deputy prime minister said Sunday.
- Russia Proton-M booster puts U.S. satellite into orbit RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2007 -- A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket has successfully delivered U.S. telecommunications satellite, DirecTV-10, into orbit, Russia's space agency said.
- Radiation-Monitoring Stations Set Up at Russian Borders Washington File 06 Jul 2007 -- The United States, in close cooperation with Russia, is spending billions of dollars to account for and secure Russian nuclear materials to keep the world safe from acts of nuclear terrorism.
- Russia's FSB Opens Probe Into Alleged MI6 Activity RFE/RL 07 Jul 2007 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Britain's foreign intelligence service, MI6, recruited a Russian man for spying
- Alleged spy says Berezovsky, Litvinenko involved him in MI6 RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2007 -- Vyacheslav Zharko, a Russian ex-security service officer who admitted earlier working for British intelligence, said Saturday murdered Alexander Litvinenko and fugitive Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky introduced him to MI6.
- FSB launches criminal case on officer's claim to spy for MI6 RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2007 -- The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has completed an inquiry into an ex-security officer's claim on spying for the British intelligence and launched a criminal case on espionage charges, the FSB press service said Saturday.
- Joint Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov US Dept. of State 03 Jul 2007
- No casualties among troops in Caucasus attack-Russian military RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2007 -- Russia's military dismissed earlier reports of casualties among troops following an attack on a motorized infantry regiment in the east of Russia's southern republic of Ingushetia Friday.
- US Calls Russian Missile Threat 'Unfortunate' VOA 05 Jul 2007 -- The United States Thursday termed "unfortunate" a threat by a senior Russian official to counter a U.S. missile defense system in Europe with new offensive deployments
- NATO expansion relapse into Cold War - FM Lavrov RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2007 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that NATO's further expansion eastward was reminiscent of the Cold War standoff between the Soviet Union and the West.
- Second Russian military convoy leaves Batumi base in Georgia RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2007 -- Twenty-eight rail carriages carrying military equipment from the second Russian military base in Georgia left the city of Batumi by railroad heading for Russia, the Georgian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
- Bush, Russia's Putin Signal Cooperation on Nuclear Energy Aid Washington File 05 Jul 2007 -- Following an informal visit at the Bush family retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine, President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled a new spirit of cooperation on the peaceful use and spread of nuclear energy with a proposal to help the international community generate nuclear power.
- Russia set to test first serial S-400 SAM system next week RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2007 -- Russia will conduct the first tests of its new S-400 Triumf air defense complex next week prior to its commissioning with the Air Force, an AF air defense chief said Thursday.
- Russian prosecutors formally refuse to extradite Lugovoi RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2007 -- Russia's prosecutors Thursday formally refused to extradite businessman Andrei Lugovoi, accused by the U.K. of murdering former Russian security officer Alexander Litvinenko.
- Russia touts space success, but U.S. runs half of satellites RIA Novosti 04 Jul 2007 -- Russia's space agency chief said Wednesday the U.S. is running half of the world's satellite fleet, but highlighted Russia's role in managing the international orbital station and building new pads for launch vehicles.
- Russia to Respond if US Rejects Kremlin's Missile-Defense Plan VOA 04 Jul 2007 -- Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says the term "Cold War" will be forgotten if the United States accepts his country's missile-defense plan for Europe
- Russia guarantees repatriation of spent fuel from Bushehr NPP RIA Novosti 04 Jul 2007 -- Russia's nuclear agency said Wednesday that nuclear fuel Moscow has pledged to supply to a nuclear power plant being built in Iran will definitely be returned to Russia and will not end up in the wrong hands.
- U.S./Russia: NATO Wary Of Entering Missile-Defense Dispute RFE/RL 03 Jul 2007 -- NATO is reacting warily to Russia's proposal to build a joint missile-defense project as an alternative to the system the United States wants to install in Poland and the Czech Republic.
- Russia has no plans to reinforce peacekeepers in Georgia RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2007 -- Russia is not planning to reinforce its peacekeepers in Georgia's self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia following recent tensions in the region, the first deputy commander of the ground forces said Tuesday.
- US, Russia Remain Divided on Kosovo Issue VOA 03 Jul 2007 -- The United States and Russia remain far apart on the issue of Kosovo
- In Russia, Summit Deemed Sunny, But Low On Substance RFE/RL 03 Jul 2007 -- One news item dominated the front pages of Russia's newspapers today -- the camaraderie between George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin at their meeting at the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine, on the Atlantic coast.
- No Claws Bared As 'Lobster Summit' Ends With Putin Proposal RFE/RL 03 Jul 2007 -- Twenty-four hours in the brisk, salty air of Kennebunkport appears to have had its intended effect on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American host, President George W. Bush.
- Russia, U.S. confirm intention to reduce strategic arms to minimum RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2007 -- Russia and the United States have confirmed their intention to reduce their strategic offensive arms to a minimal level and develop relevant agreements, Russia's foreign minister and the U.S. Secretary of State said in a statement Tuesday.
- NATO ready to discuss new proposals with Moscow - source RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2007 -- NATO has no objections to discussing setting up an information exchange between Brussels and Moscow on missile launches in the framework of the Russia-NATO Council, a source in NATO headquarters said Tuesday.
- U.S. must drop European missile shield plans - Russian source RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2007 -- Russia's new defense proposals could be implemented only if the United States abandons plans to deploy elements of its missile shield in Europe, a Russian delegation source at the informal Putin-Bush talks said Tuesday.
- Russia puts German satellite into orbit - Space Forces RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2007 -- A Russian Cosmos 3M carrier rocket launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia has put a German SAR-Lupe satellite into orbit, a spokesman for the Space Forces said Tuesday.
- 6,500 troops to take part in antiterror exercise - Russian general RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2007 -- Some 6,500 troops will take part in large-scale counterterrorism exercises August 9-17 conducted by a regional security and economic group dominated by Russia and China, Russia's deputy Ground Forces commander said Tuesday.
- Putin Offers to Cooperate with U.S. on Missile Defense AFPS 02 Jul 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to increase cooperation with the United States as it moves toward establishing a missile defense program in Europe, he told reporters during a news conference today with President Bush.
- Putin proposes new forms of global cooperation on missile defense RIA Novosti 02 Jul 2007 -- Russia's president proposed to his U.S. counterpart Monday exchanging information on missile launches and using a radar being built in southern Russia for early missile warnings.
- Bush, Putin Seek Common Ground on Missile Defense VOA 02 Jul 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin say they are seeking common ground on the controversial issue of missile defense
- Missile Defense System Could Include NATO, Russia's Putin Says Washington File 02 Jul 2007 -- President Bush, meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Kennebunkport, Maine, welcomed the Russian president's proposal to expand a shared missile defense network to include Russia, the United States and European allies via the NATO-Russia Council.
- Russia: 'Great Strides' Made At Bush-Putin Meeting RFE/RL 02 Jul 2007 -- The chilly relations between Moscow and Washington seemed to have thawed somewhat in the July sunshine during U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin's two-day "lobster summit" at Bush's family home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
- Bush, Putin To Continue Talks At Maine Summit RFE/RL 02 Jul 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin are due today to continue talks aimed at improving relations between the two countries.
- Russia to allocate $200 million to Afghan army RIA Novosti 02 Jul 2007 -- Russia has allocated $200 million to the Afghan army, and negotiations are underway to write off an $11 billion debt, Russia's deputy foreign minister said in an interview with a Russian newspaper Monday.
- Bush, Putin To Meet Today To Try To Ease Tensions RFE/RL 01 Jul 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are due to gather today for a two-day summit at the Bush family compound in the northeastern state of Maine.
- U.S./Russia: Confrontation With The West Plays Well In Russia RFE/RL 01 Jul 2007 -- RFE/RL's Russian Service spoke with Russian political analyst Andrei Piontkovsky, a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, about the July 1-2 summit between U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Russia: Expert Says Bush Doesn't Want Legacy Of 'Losing' Russia RFE/RL 01 Jul 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are due to gather today for a two-day summit at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
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