December 17, 2002 |
Russia's foreign minister demanded that Baghdad open talks to resolve a dispute over a canceled contract with Russia's largest oil company. Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov said he had sent a "toughly worded" message requesting that Iraq reconsider its decision, Interfax news agency reported. Iraq told Lukoil last week that it was breaking its contract to develop the West Qurnah field. Moscow says the move was retaliation for Russia's support for U.N. weapons inspections.
December 31, 2000 |
Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov said Russia will seek serious talks with the U.S. on missile defense, although Russia rejects amending the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty to allow creation of such a system. "We intend to enter into serious dialogue with the new American administration on all complex disarmament problems, including preservation of the 1972 ABM Treaty," Ivanov wrote in the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta. President-elect George W.
August 20, 1999 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin has unveiled Russia's new Cabinet, giving Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin virtually the same team as his predecessor. The reappointments were largely expected, as Putin, a former KGB spy named prime minister because of his loyalty to the president, had said he expected few changes. First Deputy Prime Ministers Nikolai Y. Aksyonenko and Viktor B. Khristenko, Finance Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, Defense Minister Igor D. Sergeyev and Foreign Minister Igor S.
November 14, 2000 |
Israel said Monday that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat is welcome to attend the funeral of Leah Rabin, the fiery peace advocate he befriended after her husband, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will head the U.S. delegation to the funeral Wednesday. Two American diplomats joining her are Dennis Ross and Aaron Miller, longtime mediators in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Russian Foreign Minister Igor S.
November 12, 1999 |
Russian forces hammered the capital of Chechnya with savage barrages of artillery and rocket fire Thursday as Moscow rejected Chechen pleas for talks to end the fighting. Western diplomats increased pressure on Moscow to seek peace. Russian Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov said Russia was "prepared to end the military actions even tomorrow," but only if Chechen rebels surrender--a condition the Chechens won't accept. Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov appealed to Russian President Boris N.
May 19, 2000 |
President Vladimir V. Putin named his new Cabinet on Thursday, reappointing most ministers from former President Boris N. Yeltsin's government but reducing the number of ministries and government agencies. Putin also named presidential representatives to the seven administrative zones he recently carved out of the world's largest nation in an effort to solidify federal control over the regions.