Important News From Russia (12/24/2010)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy over the phone that France has won a tender to build amphibious assault ships for Russia. (Link)

Russian state-run TV channels should reflect real events without concealing undesirable issues, President Dmitry Medvedev said in a live interview with three of Russia’s leading TV channel general managers on Friday. (Link)

The lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, has approved the first reading of three for the ratification bill of the new Russian-U.S. arms reduction treaty. (Link)

Overcoming the economic crisis, the summer’s wildfires, the New START strategic arms agreement, the 65th anniversary of World War II and a new focus on children’s problems were the most important issues in 2010 for Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday. (Link)

The North is likely to stage its third nuclear test next year, according to a report made public by South Korea’s Foreign Ministry Research Center. (Link)

In case the United States retains any of the nuclear-tipped missiles to be scrapped under START for re-arming them with conventional warheads, Russia will interpret this as a clear violation of the latest strategic arms reduction agreement. Defence Minister Anatoli Serdiukov told this to the Lower House of the Russian Parliament Friday. (Link)

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