November 12, 2008 |
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev submitted a bill to extend Russia's presidential term from four years to six. If approved, the legislation means that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Medvedev's predecessor, would be eligible for 12 more years in a second presidential stint. Putin was constitutionally barred from seeking a third straight term as president.
November 26, 2008 |
Russian warships sailed into Venezuelan waters for maneuvers set to begin Monday. The first such deployment in the Caribbean since the Cold War is timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev's visit, starting today. A destroyer and two support vessels docked at the port of La Guaira, and the nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great, Russia's largest navy ship, anchored offshore. The move is widely seen as a show of Kremlin anger over the U.S. sending warships to deliver aid to Georgia, and over U.S. plans for a European missile-defense system.
February 5, 2009 |
Russia announced an agreement with a group of former Soviet republics to form a military rapid-reaction force. President Dmitry Medvedev said the force, to which Russia would contribute an elite division and a brigade, should be able "to rebuff military aggression," fight terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime, and respond to disasters. He said it "must be no weaker than similar forces" of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The other nations involved in the Collective Security Treaty Organization are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
November 24, 2008 |
Russian oil companies could soon begin searching for oil in deep Gulf of Mexico waters off Cuba, a top diplomat said, days before Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits the island. Mijail Kamynin, Russia's ambassador to Cuba, also told the state-run business magazine Opciones that Russian companies would like to help build storage tanks and modernize pipelines. Washington's embargo prohibits U.S. companies from investing. But Cuba's state-run oil concern has signed agreements with companies from several countries to explore waters that Cuban scientists say could contain up to 20 billion barrels of oil.
November 1, 2008 |
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for talks expected to focus on arms purchases and the possible opening of a Russian naval base in Libya to counterbalance U.S. interests in Africa. It is Kadafi's first visit to Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union and coincides with an improvement in Libya's relations with the United States after years of enmity. "I hope my visit will be useful for our relations," Kadafi told Medvedev at the start of talks at the president's official residence outside Moscow.
December 6, 2008 |
Russia President Dmitry Medvedev signed agreements to develop new nuclear plants in India as the countries sought to deepen ties. Russia will build more reactors at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu and plants in other parts of the country, the Indian government said. India signed a nuclear pact with the United States this year, giving New Delhi access to civilian nuclear fuel and technology. "The agreement on civil nuclear cooperation with Russia marks a new milestone in the history of our cooperation with Russia in the field of nuclear energy," Premier Manmohan Singh said.
September 18, 2008 |
Russia cemented its ties with Georgia's two breakaway provinces by signing friendship treaties envisaging close economic and military cooperation. President Dmitry Medvedev pledged that Russia would protect Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia recognized as independent after its war last month with Georgia. Georgia dismissed the treaties as legally void, saying the regions remain part of Georgia. In Australia, a parliamentary committee recommended that the nation not ratify a treaty that would allow its uranium to be sold to Russia for power generation, partly because of the Russian troop presence in Georgia.
March 7, 2010
The head of Russia's main security agency has confirmed that a prominent militant connected with last year's fatal bombing of a passenger train has been killed in Ingushetia. In footage shown on Russian television, Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov made the report to President Dmitry Medvedev. Bortnikov said Alexander Tikhomirov, a Caucasus rebel ideologue who went by the nom de guerre of Said Buryatsky, was among eight insurgents killed in a police operation this week in the hamlet of Ekazhevo.