Russian News From Russia: July 7th, 2009!

Russian Far East border guards free illegally caught crabs:
Border guards on Russia’s Far East island of Sakhalin have released into the sea over 26 metric tons of live crabs from two vessels earlier detained for poaching, a border guard spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Putin meets Obama for the first time:
U.S. President Barack Obama began his first meeting with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday morning at the Russian prime minister’s country residence outside Moscow.

LUKoil considering building refinery in U.S.:
Russia’s largest privately-owned oil producer LUKoil is considering building a refinery in the United States jointly with its shareholder and strategic partner ConocoPhillips, a business paper reported on Tuesday.

Tokyo overtakes Moscow as priciest city for expats:
Tokyo has overtaken Moscow to become the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, according to a survey by an HR and financial consultancy.

Russia’s row with Japan over disputed islands escalates:
Russia’s upper house of parliament has called Japan’s renewed claims on the Kuril islands an “insult to the Russian people,” and called for the visa-free travel regime between the islands and Japan to be ended.

Senior police official wounded in S. Russia attack:
A top forensic expert at Ingushetia’s Interior Ministry received head injuries when his vehicle was attacked Tuesday morning, an investigator in the Russian southern republic said.

Obamas dine with Medvedevs:
The Obamas have dinner with the Medvedevs at their Gorki residence.

Better trust yields first results – expert about Obama’s visit:
The Russian and U.S. presidents outlined a set of trust-building measures that could serve as the basis for a better relationship. There were no breakthroughs, but progress was tangible.

Gentle approach to sensitive issues – expert about Obama’s visit:
U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Europe were on the agenda during Medvedev-Obama talks in Moscow. U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev tip-toed around U.S. plans for missile defense in Europe.

Obama says Medvedev-Putin tandem effective:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin effectively work together, U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday.

Medvedev says U.S. missile shield must balance others’ interests:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday it is necessary to link any resolution of the U.S. plans for missile defense in Europe with other countries’ interests.

Russia, U.S. sign deal on military transit to Afghanistan:
Russia and the United States signed on Monday an agreement on military transit, both overland and by air, via Russian territory to Afghanistan.