Russia News From Russia: December 22nd, 2009!

Russia condemns arms supplies to Middle East groups:
Russia is opposed to a buildup of weapons in the Middle East, and especially supplies to militant armed groups, the president’s envoy to the region said on Tuesday.

Only effective religious leaders can help resolve Middle Eastern conflict:
Hieromonk Filipp Ryabykh, Deputy Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, told RIA Novosti that only an interfaith dialogue among the Middle East’s effective – and not nominal – religious leaders can help resolve the conflict, which has long ago transformed from a political to a religious one.

Winter cold snap kills 32 in Ukraine:
At least 32 people have died in Ukraine since bitter cold with heavy snowstorms hit the country last week, with the mercury falling to 12-15 degrees Celsius below zero (10-5F), local media said on Tuesday.

Russia to commission new stealth bomber in 2025-2030:
Russia’s new strategic bomber will use stealth technologies and is expected to enter service in 2025-2030, the commander of Russia’s strategic aviation said on Tuesday.

Russian expert calls for ‘stick’ approach toward Israel:
Differences between the Israeli and the Palestinians are too sharp to be settled by the two parties without “serious pressure” from the international community, a Russian political analyst said on Tuesday.

Russia keeps to its plan to hold Moscow Mideast conference:
Russia has not given up the idea of holding a Middle East peace conference in Moscow and hopes that favorable conditions will aid in its convocation, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov said on Tuesday.

Former Russian PM Primakov blames U.S. for Middle East imbalance:
Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov said on Monday that the United States is to blame for Iran becoming a Middle Eastern power after it launched its war against Iraq.

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