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Kerry and Lavrov Expected to See Eye to Eye

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, held their first face-to-face meeting late Tuesday, initiating a diplomatic relationship expected to be stronger than that between Lavrov and Kerry's predecessor, Hillary Clinton.

Hollande Coming to Moscow to Meet With Putin

Just days after French film star turned Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu provoked mockery and disgust by dining and dancing with Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, French President Francois Hollande is to hold one day of talks with President Vladimir Putin this Thursday.

Re-Elected, Zyuganov Defends Stalin's Grave

Gennady Zyuganov, re-elected Saturday as leader of the Communist Party, a position he’s held for 17 years, said Tuesday that public calls to remove Stalin’s and Brezhnev’s graves from the Kremlin Wall Necropolis came from “provocateurs” and “SS loyalists.”

Ikea Says No Horse Meat in Russian Meatballs

The Moscow Times
Swedish furniture giant Ikea said meatballs sold in its 14 stores in Russia are not affected by a European recall over fears of horse meat. Piloted From Thai Offices

The Russian online population exceeds 60 million, making it the largest Internet market in Europe. One of its high-growth areas is online travel.

Litvinenko Lawyer Accuses U.K., Russia of Cover-Up

The Associated Press
A lawyer for the family of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko accused the British and Russian governments Tuesday of trying to stymie a long-delayed inquest into his poisoning death.

4th Round of Talks Start Over Iran Nuclear Program

The Associated Press
World powers on Tuesday began their fourth round of high-level talks with Iranian officials as negotiators from both sides pledged to offer new ways to break a years-long impasse over Tehran's nuclear program and its feared ability to make atomic weapons in the future.

Qatar Hires UBS for Possible $3Bln VTB Deal

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has hired UBS to advise on a possible $3 billion investment in Russian state-controlled bank VTB, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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