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06/10/2009

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Putin Ditches Unilateral WTO Bid

Russia’s 16-year quest to join the World Trade Organization took a wild turn Tuesday when Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan would abandon their separate accession talks in favor of a bid to enter as a single regional bloc.

Nearly All Belarussian Dairy Goods Banned

The Federal Consumer Protection Service doubled a list of banned Belarussian dairy products to about 1,200 products on Tuesday amid assurances from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the decision was not politically motivated.

Medvedev Faults 'Freaks' for Violence

Combined Reports
President Dmitry Medvedev blamed foreign “freaks” for violence in the North Caucasus during a visit Tuesday to Dagestan, where the region’s top police official was assassinated last week.

HSBC Targets Rich With Retail Banks

HSBC will open five retail branches in Russia this month as part of a $200 million program to expand its local operations, bank executives announced Tuesday at a news conference marking the first branch's opening.

U.S. Official Says Russia Wary of Growing Iranian Threat

The Associated Press
Prospects for a U.S.-Russian partnership on a missile defense system have improved slightly as Moscow grows increasingly concerned about Iran, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.

Obama's Call Pleases Uzbekistan

Reuters
Uzbekistan strongly welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for a “new beginning” in ties between Washington and the Muslim world, signaling a departure from the country’s usual anti-Western sentiment.

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