Russian and International headlines compared Wednesday September 04, 2013
On the day leading up to the G20 summit in St.Petersburg, both the Russian press and the international were dominated by the 2 hour long interview with president Putin by Russian Channel 1 and AP.
While the American press (at least the more hawkish of them), conveniently enough due to the debate in the Congress, focused on the vague possibility that Russia might support an attack on Syria, the interview contained so much more than that. Here is the link to the summary by AP of the ten most important questions (and answers): http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/10-interesting-things-russias-putin-told-ap-20150278.
President Obama’s visit to Sweden instead of having a pre-meeting with Putin, will be covered in a separate post. All I want to say about that here, being a Swede in Russia, is that the Swedish Government, lead, not by PM Reinfeldt in this case, but instead by Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, is licking the wrong a$$. They would serve their country better long term by looking east instead of West.
Today’s overlap is as usual low. Except for the interview with Mr. Putin and Syria in general, there is only 1 common topic,
Also among the international headlines on the next page, there is a very interesting report from a survey by PEW about what people in different countries thinks about Russia.
The video about Russia of today is actually two. The first is from AP’s interview with Mr. Putin and in the other video Putin is accusing (apparently rightly so) John Kerry of telling lies to the US Senate about Al-Qaeda in Syria.
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Here are the Russian headlines, collected by RIA Novosti.
US President Barack Obama will meet with representatives of Russian non-governmental organizations on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Russia’s St. Petersburg later this month. (Kommersant)
In the latest bout of bickering ahead of Moscow’s mayoral elections, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and opposition candidate Alexei Navalny on Tuesday denied separate accusations of illegal campaigning. (The Moscow Times)
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
On a visit to Moscow, Armenia’s president said the country is ready to join the Moscow-led Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and later take part in establishing the Eurasian Economic Union. (Vedomosti, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.’s devices and services business, and getting access to the company’s patents, for a total of 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) in an effort to expand its share of the smartphone market. (Vedomosti, Kommersant)
The World Economic Forum presented a report on global competitiveness in 2013-2014 comprising 148 countries. Russia came 64th, three places higher than in the previous report. (Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
As pilots and flight assistants with Russia’s flag carrier push their employer to give them higher pay for night flights and difficult working conditions, a lack of qualified personnel combined with double-digit growth in passenger numbers has been become a major problem. (The Moscow Times)
OIL & GAS
Russian energy giant Gazprom postponed the construction of a natural gas pipeline to China until 2014. (Vedomosti)
The White House amplified its argument Tuesday for a military strike on Syria, assuring a congressional panel that it had detailed “physical evidence” that chemical weapons were used by government forces and warning failure to act would have dire consequences. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
A further 36,000 people will need to be evacuated from Russia’s Far East as floodwaters in the area continue to rise, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev said at a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. (Kommersant)
Despite the government’s ongoing efforts to lure foreign investors to Moscow, the city remains behind most European capitals in terms of quality of life, hampering its economic development. (The Moscow Times)
Water levels in the Amur River near the flood-hit city of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East have risen by six more centimeters (2.3 inches) over the past 24 hours to reach 808 centimeters (26.5 feet). (Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
Tverskoy District Court in Moscow ordered the detention of BTA Bank attorney Yelena Tishchenko until October 31 on suspicion of fraud and money laundering in the BTA Bank case. (Kommersant)
Kia Motors could invest in making more cars in Russia, where it is the third best selling brand, if the market rebounds and shoots past the 3-million mark, the South Korean company’s local chief said. (The Moscow Times)
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