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Syrian plane contained spare parts for anti-craft radar: Russian official

Syrian plane contained spare parts for anti-craft radar: Russian official

Hurriyet Daily News, 30 November 2012

The Syrian plane forced down by Turkish authorities on Oct. 10 had spare parts for anti-craft radar, according to Russia's ambassador to Turkey.

The spare parts were being carried as part of a maintenance agreement signed in 2004, Vladimir Ivanovksi said.

Rosatom eyes building future nuclear plants in Turkey

Rosatom eyes building future nuclear plants in Turkey

03 December 2012

 

Rosatom Nuclear Energy State Corporation, which is already set to build Turkey's first nuclear power station, is also interested in constructing future plants in the country.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted by Reuters as saying the Russian regulator intends to be involved in the establishment of other nuclear power plants in Turkey.

Russia's Putin heads to Turkey amid differences over Syria and concerns about his health

Russia's Putin heads to Turkey amid differences over Syria and concerns about his health

Edmonton Journal, 3 December 2012

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to Turkey on Monday for a one-day trip focused on trade that is likely to be overshadowed by the two countries' differences over Syria.

The visit to Istanbul, Putin's first trip in two months, also is expected to address concerns over his health. The unusual break in his travel schedule has fed speculation that the 60-year-old Russian leader is suffering from serious back trouble or another illness. His spokesman has attributed Putin's discomfort to a pulled muscle, and the president has appeared more mobile in recent days.

Putin Strikes a Pose against 'Thieves and Traitors'

Putin Strikes a Pose against 'Thieves and Traitors'

 

Der Spiegel, 30 November 2012

First the defense minister had to go, and now Vladimir Putin's agriculture minister is being pushed out on suspicion of corruption. State-run television has begun an aggressive hunt for "thieves, traitors and enemies of the people." The main target, however, seems to be that of improving the Russian president's approval ratings.

Lavrov: forced democracy is useless

Lavrov: forced democracy is useless

 

Voice of Russia, 1 December 2012

In the present-day world, attempts to instill democracy by force are counter-productive. A statement to this effect was made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a session of the Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. Even though the Russian foreign minister did not mention specific countries, his statements came as a direct response to criticism from the West regarding Moscow’s position on Syria and “export of democracy” in general. “Export of democracy” is akin to “export of revolution”.

NATO aims to repair Russia ties despite Patriot row

NATO aims to repair Russia ties despite Patriot row

NDTV, 2 December 2012

Brussels: NATO foreign ministers, meeting for the first time this week since Russia appointed a new ambassador to the military alliance, are hoping to improve ties with Moscow despite a fresh row over plans to send anti-aircraft missiles to Turkey.

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