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Surkov Return May Signal Softer Kremlin Line

The appointment of former "gray cardinal" Vladislav Surkov to a post in President Vladimir Putin's administration has prompted a flurry of speculation with some saying it signals a return to a more flexible policy in political affairs and others insisting it is just a sinecure for Surkov.

EU Says Iran and 6 Key Nations to Hold Nuclear Talks

The Associated Press
Iran's new foreign minister will join talks with six key nations trying to rein in the Islamic republic's nuclear program later this week at the United Nations, the European Union's foreign policy chief said Monday.

Merkel's Re-Election Called Good for Russia

The victory of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party in the country's general elections  Sunday is expected to secure the stability of Russian-German relations for the next four years, despite German's recent criticism of human rights in Russia.

Assad Says Syria Will Allow Access to Chemical Sites

The Associated Press
Syrian President Bashar Assad said his government would allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites but cautioned in an interview broadcast Monday that rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations.

CIS Leaders Uneasy About Volatile Afghan Border

Leaders of countries that make up the Collective Security Treaty Organization met in Sochi on Monday to discuss current threats to their nations, expressing particular concern about next year's planned withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and potential fallout from the civil war in Syria.

China Opens up to Russian Rapeseed Exports

China has allowed crushers to import rapeseed from Russia through a border city, a Chinese government authority said, in a move to help meet robust domestic demand for the oilseed.

Alfa Group Buys 24% Stake in Regal Petroleum

A1, an investment unit of Alfa Group, has acquired a 24.4 percent stake in Regal Petroleum, a company which produces gas and gas condensate in Ukraine, A1's president said Monday.

Global Ports Posts 26% Fall in Profits

London-listed Russian ports operator Global Ports posted Monday a 26 percent year-on-year fall in net profit to $53.7 million in the first half and said earnings had been hit by a tough market for its oil products terminal segment.

Total Could Quit Shtokman Gas Field

The Moscow Times
French oil giant Total could sell its 25 percent stake in Shtokman Development AG, the joint entity set up to exploit the giant Shtokman gas field in Russia's arctic sea.

Putin and Lukashenko Meet to Discuss Uralkali Dispute

President Vladimir Putin and his Belarussian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, discussed Monday a dispute between the ex-Soviet states over Russian potash producer Uralkali, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

New Tank to Appear at Arms Expo

RIA Novosti
Russia's new generation main battle tank will feature an unmanned, remotely controlled turret that will be digitally controlled by a crew located in a separate compartment, a defense industry official said Monday.

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