Main news of March 14


Two blasts that have occurred in the past three days at a nuclear power plant in Japan pose no threat to Russia and will not affect the development of the Russian nuclear energy sector, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said

Dozens of residents on Russia’s Pacific coast have volunteered to house some of the thousands of Japanese made homeless by a powerful earthquake and tsunami

Russia is increasing energy supplies to Japan to help its disaster-hit neighbor tackle energy shortages

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said on Monday the results of Sunday’s regional elections in Russia were “more than satisfying” for the pro-Kremlin United Russia party

Russia is concerned by U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to end a two-year ban on military tribunals at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, which he had earlier vowed to close

Russia and the United States have embarked on their first joint inspection flight over Sweden as part of the 2002 Open Skies Treaty

The launch of a Soyuz spacecraft carrying members of a new crew to the International Space Station has been postponed due to technical problems

Efforts of Russia, one of the world’s largest crude producers, to increase the share of its non-energy economy has been nipped in the bud by higher oil prices following the unrest in Libya, a significant oil supplier to the international market, analysts say

Russia could in theory be admitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) without Georgia’s consent but that would be unprecedented, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze has said

Belarus hopes to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the construction of a nuclear power plant on Tuesday, First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko has said



A second explosion has hit the Fukushima nuclear plant in north-eastern Japan, injuring at least eleven people

The number of those killed or missing after Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan has topped 5,000

There is a high likelihood of a meltdown at all three reactors of Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yuko Edano has said

China has pledged $4.6 million in emergency aid to support a huge relief effort in Japan

Russian specialists from Rosenergoatom and the Nuclear Safety Institute (IBRAE) will fly to Japan together with a group of rescuers to monitor the situation with the country’s nuclear power plants, IBRAE’s spokesman Rafael Arutyunyan has said

Radiation levels around the Fukushima nuclear power plant’s reactor No. 3 hit by a hydrogen explosion have slightly risen

Injection of water into reactor No. 2 at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Japan has restarted after water levels fell far enough to fully expose the fuel rods

Japan’s powerful earthquake and tsunami have sustained possible economic damage of $60-120 billion, but recovery efforts could bring about GDP growth by 0.2-0.3 percentage points in 2011, Citigroup analysts have said

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have attacked the rebel-held town of Zuwarah in northwestern Libya

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has warned the United States not to interfere in Libya’s domestic affairs

The NATO Council will hold an emergency meeting on the situation in Libya, a diplomatic source close to the military alliance has said

The Dalai Lama has formally announced his retirement as Tibetan political leader and said he would hand power to an elected successor

India occupies the first place on the list of the world’s largest importers of weaponry in the past five years, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has said





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