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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Russia Wants to Talk Treaty



Russia wants to start negotiating a new treaty on conventional forces in Europe in the fall, a senior Foreign Ministry department head said Friday, adding a time frame to a previous offer.

"We hope that in the autumn we can begin substantive negotiations with our partners in the CFE, with the United States and NATO, on the modernization of the treaty," Anton Mazur, head of the ministry's department for conventional arms control, told Interfax.

President Vladimir Putin announced July 14 that Russia would pull out of the treaty, a landmark pact limiting post-Cold War military strength in Europe.

NATO has said it is very concerned about Russia's pullout. (Reuters)




Putin Pans Security Changes



President Vladimir Putin has said he opposes changes in the law on the status of the country's Security Council.

The Security Council's rights and authority "are defined by the law, and I see no reason to broaden these rights and powers," Putin said Thursday, Interfax reported.

Putin on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Igor Ivanov as secretary of the Security Council, which wielded formidable clout under Ivanov's predecessors. It has lost influence as security and defense agencies have gained greater policy-making powers.

Putin appointed Valentin Sobolev, a general in the Federal Security Service, as acting secretary. Putin said the issue of a final appointment would be settled "in the near future." (MT)




Engine Fails, Flight Returns



An Atlant-Soyuz passenger jet flying from Moscow's Vnukovo airport to Montenegro was forced to turn back Saturday after one of its four engines failed.

The aircraft, carrying 276 passengers and 11 crew members, returned and landed safely at Vnukovo at 5:27 p.m., just 23 minutes after taking off, Interfax reported.

The airliner was flying at 6,600 meters over the Kaluga region town of Yukhnov when the engine lost power, an unidentified source in the Transportation Ministry was quoted as saying.

The source said a special commission had been created by the ministry to investigate the engine failure during the Russian carrier's flight. (MT)