Itar-Tass Russia and CIS news summary for Tuesday, July 19 – 1.

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HANNOVER — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has suggested to wait a little more till he announces his decision whether to run for Russia’s president in 2012. “I have already repeatedly said what I will do. I suggest you have a little patience, not very long,” the Russian head of state noted.

HANNOVER — As many as 15 Russia-German documents have been signed here in the presence of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel within the framework of the 13th round of Russia-German interstate consultations, which ended on Tuesday.

MOSCOW — The Russian government has ordered to allocate 150 million roubles to fund the operation to lift the sunken Bulgaria cruise ship from under water, according to a release posted on the government website on Tuesday.

HANNOVER — A compromise is possible in the Libyan settlement, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday. “We will keep seeking a compromise between Benghazi and Tripoli, I think this is possible,” he said.

HANNOVER — The euro zone crisis is rooted in an unlucky set of circumstances, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday. “I am cautiously optimistic about the euro,” he said. “The crisis is not caused by defects in the euro idea, it results from an unlucky set of circumstances. Yet this does not mean that no efforts should be taken.”

HANNOVER — President Dmitry Medvedev has pledged Russia may fully meet Europe’s entire gas demand. “Don’t you have any doubts, we have enough gas,” he said at a meeting of the Petersburg Dialogue forum on Tuesday.

MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin regrets tensions in Russia-Belarus relations and promises to take efforts for their improvement. “I regret that. We will continue taking efforts in order to prevent tensions,” he told members of religious and public organizations on Tuesday in reply to the concern voiced by Chairman of the Belarusians in Russia Federation Valery Kazakov.

MOSCOW — Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Guido Westerwelle discussed Russia’s relations with the European Union and NATO, the situation in Libya, the Middle East and North Africa on the sidelines of the 13th round of the Russian-German interstate consultations on Tuesday.

MOSCOW — Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin will pay a working visit to Kyrgyzstan on July 22 to meet with Kyrgyz President Rosa Otunbayeva, a source at the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

MOSCOW — The Right Cause wants to become a professional party, Right Cause leader Mikhail Prokhorov said on Tuesday. “The party will be built on ‘shadow government’ principles,” he said. “Persons capable of taking the highest positions will join the party. They will be nominated for the State Duma at the upcoming party congress.”

KAZAN — Eleven people, including seven hurt in the MS Bulgaria wreck and four family members of the wreck victims, are staying at hospital, the Tatarstan health ministry said on Tuesday.

KAZAN — Tatarstan has taken custody of eight children orphaned in the MS Bulgaria wreck, the republican education and science ministry said on Tuesday. “Eight children were orphaned in the Bulgaria tragedy, and they needed custody,” minister Albert Gilmautdinov said.

MOSCOW — Russia will insist on the elaboration of a UN convention on combating cyber crimes, head of the Foreign Ministry Department for New Threats and Challenges Igor Rogachev said on Tuesday.

MINSK — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says he wants to develop relations with Russia. “I reaffirm my adherence to the relations with Russia. You must not think that Belarus is a far-away country alien to you,” he told Amur Governor Oleg Kozhemyako on Tuesday.

SUKHUMI — Representatives of the Russian Public Chamber will monitor the presidential election in Abkhazia, Public Chamber member, Director of the Moscow Human Rights Bureau Alexander Brod told Abkhaz Prime Minister Sergei Shamba on Tuesday.

KALININGRAD — The border departments of Russia, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia and Estonia will hold joint Operation Baltics 2011 to suppress illegal migration, contraband and other illegal activity along state frontiers.

KIEV — Ukraine has started upgrading of the Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas trunk pipeline. The related ceremony was held in the Kiev region’s city of Boguslav on Tuesday, the governmental press service said. Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov attended the ceremony. In his words, the works should be complete in a very short time.

VILNIUS — Riga is not going to stay aside from the construction of the Visaginas nuclear power plant in Lithuania but on certain terms, Latvian President Andris Berzins said on Tuesday in the format of his official visit to Lithuania. “For our country, this issue is of big importance not only from the political point of view, but also as a very promising business project,” he said.

MINSK — The start-up site for the construction of Belarus’ first nuclear power plant has been commissioned, Chief Engineer of the state-run company Directorate for the NPP Construction Anatoly Bondar told reporters on Tuesday.

MOSCOW — Russia is committed to have the problem of criminal prosecution of sea pirates ultimately settled at the United Nations Security Council, a top-ranking official from the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

MOSCOW — Russia and Great Britain are going to put an end to the cool relations between the two military establishments and in the near future to bring their cooperation to a principally new level. Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Nikolai Makarov made this statement after talks with UK Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards.

SYKTYVKAR — Criminal proceedings have been initiated over the death of two coalminers in an accident at the Severnaya coalmine operated by the Vorkutaugol Company in Russia’s republic of Komi, a source in the republican prosecutor’s office told Itar-Tass.

MOSCOW — Greenpeace Russia has dropped accusations against the North Caucasian Resorts state corporation, whose tourism cluster project it earlier described as ‘criminal.’

YEKATERINBURG — A special commission has been set up to probe into an accident with an A-320 jet that made a distress landing at Yekaterinburg’s Koltsovo airport, a spokesman for the airport told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

KORKINO, Chelyabinsk region — Three people died in a thunderstorm in Korkino, Chelyabinsk region, on Tuesday, and another two were injured and taken to hospital, head of the city police’s investigative department Sergei Kister told Itar-Tass.


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