MOSCOW, October 3 (RIA Novosti)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia and the United States should strengthen economic relations as the “reset” in bilateral ties cannot continue indefinitely.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev praised the results of Georgia's parliamentary elections, in which the main opposition coalition defeated the party of President Mikheil Saakashvili.
(The Moscow Times)
The relations between Moscow and PACE have sharply aggravated after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a tough resolution chiding Russia and proposed monitoring the situation in Russia at a higher level. The Russian delegation warned PACE that it would respond appropriately.
Georgia hopes opposition politician Bidzina Ivanishvili will soon improve relations with Russia.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Russia’s National Oil Consortium working in Venezuela has lost yet more investors. TNK-BP now also wants to quit the project, and has told its partners it plans to sell its share for $200 million.
Signaling the start of a long-awaited overhaul at Gazprom, President Vladimir Putin called for corruption to be eliminated at the state-controlled energy giant, and said its business model should be improved.
(The Moscow Times)
China’s Lenovo, the world’s second largest assembler of computers, plans to return some of its production lines to the territory of the United States.
One of Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg’s aims in visiting Russia is to motivate programmers to create potentially lucrative mobile apps for the social network.
Monitoring at the October 14 regional elections in Russia may be restricted. Webcams will only be used in two regions. The Central Election Commission may also adopt a document restricting the use of photo and video cameras to record the election process by observers.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said a hypersonic technology development holding company may be established in Russia in the next few days.
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