Main News of October 21


* NATO actions preceding the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should be scrutinized for their compliance with international law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.


* A U.S. missile cruiser arrived on Friday in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol on an official visit which local authorities tried to kept secret to avoid protests, a source in the Sevastopol port said.


The Turkish Air Force carried out strikes on the rebel separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight, NTV channel reported.


* U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will pay a working visit to Tashkent on October 22-23 to discuss the development of bilateral relations, the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan said.

* Criminal charges that former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma ordered the murder of opposition journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000 may be dropped, the Constitutional Court said.


* Moscow and the EU have removed the last remaining obstacles on Russia’s path to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), the European Commission said in a statement.

* The so-called Magnitsky list that bars entry to the U.S. for Russian officials allegedly involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, will not undermine relations between the two countries, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.


* Russia will soon become the largest Internet market in Europe, Communications Minister Igor Shchegolev said.


* A Russian carrier rocket orbited two European navigation satellites, a spokesman for the European Space Agency (ESA) said.


* Moscow is providing all necessary assistance to Viktor Bout, a Russian citizen facing illegal arms dealing charges in the United States, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.



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