Main news of September 30


*Belarus will receive Russian gas in 2012 for a significantly reduced price, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said

*Russia’s envoy to NATO on Friday dismissed as “false” media reports that Russia and Iran planned to set up a joint missile defense shield as a counterweight to a similar system planned by NATO in Europe

*A NATO-Russia summit could be held next year in Chicago if the parties can agree on a substantive agenda, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said

*A Georgian businessman has announced his intention to run for Georgian president in 2013


*Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday there would never be any disputes between him and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

*An unusal portrait of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin painted by prominent American artist David Datuna has been auctioned off for 220,000 euros (some $300,000) in Moscow, Russia’s NTV TV-channel reported


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