Russian News From Russia: September 11th, 2009!

The EU can prove more useful in cooperation with Russia:
Alexandre Adler, a well-known French historian and columnist at Le Figaro and France Culture, for the first time participates in the Valdai Club Summit and shares his thoughts on the topics discussed this year.

Putin ‘optimistic’ about Obama relations:
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has a favorable impression of U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration, a leading U.S. academic said Friday.

Russia switching vector of interest to Asia:
The vector of Russian interest is switching from Europe and the United States to Asia, a Canadian analyst said after a meeting with the Russian premier on Friday.

What the Russian papers say:
MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) Medvedev rallies public support to change Putin’s development model / Venezuela’s Chavez recognizes Abkhazia, S.Ossetia / Moscow may help Washington deal with global challenges / New Opel owners to coordinate their plans with GM.

Russian Church commemorates Beheading of John the Baptist:
Russia is commemorating on Friday the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church held a liturgy in the cathedral in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Kanaeva wins fifth gold medal at gymnastic world championships:
Russia’s Evgeniya Kanaeva won her fifth gold medal in the individual all-around event at the rhythmic gymnastic world championships in Japan on Friday.

Russia to call tender for foreign helicopter carrier:
Russia plans to hold an international tender for the purchase of a helicopter carrier, involving France, Spain and the Netherlands, the country’s Navy chief said on Friday.

Putin to reach agreement with Medvedev ahead of 2012 presidential polls:
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he and President Dmitry Medvedev would come to an agreement before the 2012 presidential polls and would not compete with each other.

Putin offers condolences on anniversary of September 11 attacks:
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin conveyed a message of condolences on Friday to the United States on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.