Russian News From Russia: June 23rd, 2009!

Russia News Source – RIA: June 23rd, 2009!

U.S. vice president to visit Georgia, Ukraine in late July
U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden will travel to Georgia and Ukraine on July 20-24 for talks with the countries’ leaders, the White House announced.

Kyrgyz parliament committee approves U.S. transit center at Manas
The Kyrgyz parliament’s Defense and Security Committee unanimously approved on Tuesday the establishment of a transit center at the former U.S. airbase at Manas airport.

South Russian republic’s leader in serious condition after attack
The president of Russia’s volatile southern republic of Ingushetia remains in a serious condition after injuries sustained in an assassination attempt, a surgeon treating him said.

Russia’s Lavrov to address OSCE conference in Vienna:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will address a conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday as part of his European tour.

Medvedev kicks off African tour in Egypt
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrives in Egypt on Tuesday on the start of a four-country trip to Africa, his first to the continent as Russian leader.

North Korea closes coastal waters for 16 days over military drills
North Korea is to close for shipping its coastal waters near the port of Wonsan from June 25 until July 10 due to military exercises in the area, Japanese television reported on Tuesday.

Putin says Russia unable to make gas payments for Ukraine:
Russia’s prime minister said Monday that Moscow could not help Ukraine pay for Russian gas deliveries as Kiev signaled it was having difficulties raising funds.

Russia respects Iran’s election results, ties to continue:
Russia respects Iran’s presidential election results and will continue to develop mutually beneficial cooperation and neighborly relations with Tehran, a Russian Foreign Ministry statement released on Monday said.

Russia to give Moldova $500 mln loan – PM Putin:
Russia will give Moldova a $500 million loan, and the first tranche worth $150 million will be transferred to the republic in the near future, the Russian prime minister said on Monday.