Moscow and Beijing to talk about Pyongyang and Obama:
It is hard to find two other top leaders who would meet more often than those of Russia and China. They attend at least two summits per year, plus the inevitable G8 summer meeting (Russia is a member of the club and China is always invited), and plus the summits of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), where the two countries discuss their common policy in Central Asia. There are also regular telephone conversations.
Gazprom to produce 507 bln cu m of gas in 2010:
Gazprom plans to produce 507 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2010 but could boost output to 600 billion cu m if necessary, a deputy board chairman said on Tuesday.
Russian president orders military talks with Abkhazia, S. Ossetia:
Russia’s president has issued instructions for military cooperation deals to be negotiated with the former Georgian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
UN and Georgia:
Russia exercised its veto power in the United Nations Security Council on Monday and brought an end to the nearly 16-year-old observer mission monitoring a cease-fire between Georgia and its breakaway Abkhazia region.
Medvedev calls for rules to admit new SCO members:
Russia’s president urged on Tuesday for documents to be drawn up, setting out rules for admitting new members to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Russia says Iran’s election is its own business, welcomes president:
Russia, which is hosting a regional summit on Tuesday attended by Iran’s leader, believes that the country’s recent election is no business of other states, a senior diplomat said.
Vintage trams roll down Moscow streets:
In an event celebrating the 110th anniversary of Moscow’s first tram, a line of vintage streetcars rolled out onto the city’s tracks for local residents to ride and photograph. Some trams are celebrities having starred in popular Russian movies.