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Russia dismisses US missile defence move

 Russia dismisses US missile defence move

by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) March 18, 2013

Russia said Monday it saw "no concession" in the US decision to abandon the final phase of its missile shield for Europe in favour of deploying new interceptors against a possible attack from North Korea.

Bulgaria abandons Russia-Greece oil pipeline project

Bulgaria abandons Russia-Greece oil pipeline project

by Staff Writers Sofia (AFP) March 07, 2013

Bulgaria's outgoing parliament confirmed on Thursday a government decision to pull out of the long-stalled Burgas Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project.

A total 115 lawmakers in the 240-seat legislature voted to throw out a 2007 agreement with Russia and Greece for the 280-kilometre (175-mile) pipeline meant to bring Russian oil to Greece via Bulgaria.

Twenty-five lawmakers voted against the move, and one abstained.

The outgoing right-wing government had already suggested abandoning the project in late 2011 due to environmental concerns and doubts about its economic viability, and with its partners still keen on it, Bulgaria has now pulled out unilaterally.

US ready to compromise with Russia on battlefield nuclear arms

US ready to compromise with Russia on battlefield nuclear arms

by Sergey Duz Moscow (Voice of Russia) Mar 07, 2013

It sounds like the US is ready to cut the number of its battlefield nuclear weapons on condition that Russia takes similar steps. The total number of US battlefield nuclear warheads is estimated at about 760 units.

Of this number 150-250 units are deployed on the US air bases in Europe and Turkey, while the rest are kept in the US.

Russia's battlefield nuclear warheads potential according to estimates of different experts, is much bigger. However Americans are in a more advantageous position because they have their tactical forces deployed near the Russian borders while Russia holds all its weapons on its territory and therefore these weapons do not threaten the US' national security.

Moscow casts wide net in Mediterranean

 

Moscow casts wide net in Mediterranean

Feb 28,
By M K Bhadrakumar

There was a bygone era that ended a little over four years ago when it used to be said that the Kremlin used energy as a "geopolitical tool".

The threat perception propagated by cold warriors in the United States principally aimed at cautioning Europe against its rising energy dependency on Russian supplies.

Moscow was credited with the capacity to influence Western European policies with a hidden agenda to sabotage the trans-Atlantic partnership.

Meanwhile, unnoticed or unspoken, the geopolitics of energy has been transforming. The president in the White House, Barack Obama, has not wasted his breath over the Caspian energy content below

rivalries. He has no special romance with Big Oil, unlike his predecessor in the Oval Office.

Cyprus Bailout Could Hit Russian Bank Accounts

Cyprus Bailout Could Hit Russian Bank Accounts

Spiegel Online

22 February 2013

Foreign investors and wealthy Cypriots may be called to participate in the bailout of debt-plagued Cyprus. Two reports suggest that EU countries sponsoring the bailout are considering a debt relief option that would also hit rich Russian bank account holders.

Deputy Prime Minister Backs New Space Defense System

Deputy Prime Minister Backs New Space Defense System

by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Feb 20, 2013

Meteor fragments streaking the sky over Russia's Chelyabinsk Region.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Saturday backed calls to establish a new system to identify and neutralize threats in space.

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