Russian News (12/20/2010)

Russia warns U.S. not to change nuclear pact: Russia warned U.S. lawmakers on Monday that any changes to the strategic nuclear arms limitation treaty could kill the pact.

Russia ready to finance Egypt’s first nuclear plant: Russia confirmed its participation in a tender to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant and said it was willing to help finance the project, Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid said on Monday.

South Ossetia to ditch Georgian currency Jan 10: The former Georgian republic or South Ossetia will remove the Georgian Lari from circulation as of January 10, the republic’s information committee said on Monday.

Russia’s Constitutional Court rules in favor of Chernobyl veterans: Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled on Monday that the state must fully compensate former soldiers who have been suffering after emergency operations at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986.

Russia to develop new heavy ICBM by 2020: Russia’s state arms procurement program through 2020 provides for the development of a new heavy ballistic missile, a leading missile designer said on Monday.

Tymoshenko government accused of misappropriating $8.5 mln to advocate Ukraine’s image: Ukraine’s previous cabinet headed by Yulia Tymoshenko has illegally allocated 67.6 million hryvnias ($8.46 million) from state reserves to the Justice Ministry intended to cover expenses on advocating Ukraine’s interests in foreign courts, the country’s Audit Chamber has revealed.

Four foreigners detained at Moscow airport with $20 mln: Three Azerbaijani nationals and one Iranian were detained at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport with $14.5 million and 4 million euros on them, the Federal Customs Service said on Monday.

CIS, OSCE observers say Belarus elections democratic: Observers from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) believe that the presidential elections in Belarus were transparent and democratic.