Russian News: September 16th, 2008!

RBC, 16.09.2008, Moscow 13:26:26.Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel today. According to the government’s press office, the officials discussed trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, especially concerning the energy sector.

RBC, 16.09.2008, Moscow 13:17:09.Investors are expected to start buying more stocks after the RTS index sank below 1,200 points, analysts told RBC TV, adding that the market is likely to close in negative territory today. However, experts note that if the global oil price does not slide below $90 per barrel, oil company securities are projected to see higher demand.

RBC, 16.09.2008, Kiev 12:59:54.Arseny Yatsenyuk, speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s national parliament, has officially announced today that the governing coalition linked to Ukraine’s 2004 “Orange Revolution” has been dissolved. During the 10 days that have elapsed since the dissolution, the two political parties that made up the coalition, the Yulia Timoshenko Bloc led by Ukraine’s Prime Minister and the Our Ukraine-People’s Self-Defense Bloc headed by President Viktor Yushchenko, failed to settle their differences and effectively work together.

RBC, 16.09.2008, Moscow 09:58:30.President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev will hold talks today with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev who arrived yesterday in Moscow on a working visit. The two leaders are expected to look into the situation in the Caucasus and ways to expand trade and economic cooperation. Today’s will be their third meeting this year, after two more in St. Petersburg during the informal summit of CIS leaders in June and during the Russian President’s official visit to Baku in July.

RBC, 16.09.2008, Moscow 09:32:21.Russia’s governmental delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin has arrived on a working visit in Cuba with a view to assess the degree of destruction and aid to overcome hurricane consequences in the republic, the Mayak radio reported. Cuba has recently been ravaged by three hurricanes, Gustav, Ike and Hanna, which severely damaged its economy.

RBC, 15.09.2008, Moscow 17:31:02.Russia guarantees, as an OSCE member, that no issues regarding South Ossetia will be discussed within the organization without the republic’s own representatives taking part, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists today.