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Photostream : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, welcomes Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych during their meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) welcomes Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (C) at the Gorki residence outside Moscow on November 26, 2010 ahead of their meeting for interstates negotiations. Medvedev held talks with Yanukovych to press on with the rapid expansion of ties after the pro-Kremlin president's election earlier this year. (Photo by SERGEI CHIRIKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych give a press conference at the Gorki residence outside Moscow on November 26, 2010. (Photo by SERGEI CHIRIKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych exchange documents at a signing ceremony following their talks in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. The talks are focused on energy and trade. The sign partly visible in the background says "Meeting of the Russian-Ukrainian intergovernment commission. Moscow, Nov. 26, 2010." (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

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Russian foreign minister to visit India next week

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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November 25, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will travel to India on November 29 ahead of President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit in December, a ministry spokesman said.

Lavrov will meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna during his visit.

Russia-India relations have been blossoming in recent years, with India being one of the biggest importers of Russian military hardware.

 
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Aung San Suu Kyi : Gilad Shalit will not be forsaken

FILE : Aung San Suu Kyi holds a sign reading "I love the public too" while addressing supporters outside her National League for Democracy party headquarters in Yangon November 14, 2010. The pro-democracy leader called for freedom of speech in army-ruled Myanmar on Sunday and urged thousands of supporters to stand up for their rights and not lose heart, indicating she might pursue a political role. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun )

 

In an interview to Haaretz, recently released Burmese opposition leader calls for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

November 25, 2010 (KATAKAMI / HAARETZ) _– Abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit should stay strong and remember that he is not forgotten, while Israelis and Palestinians should consider whether it wouldn’t be nicer to just be friends, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told Haaretz in an exclusive telephone interview this week.

Suu Kyi, who was released earlier this month after having spent most of the last two decades under house arrest, said she has seen some changes for the better in her country since her last interlude of freedom. She said that cell phones, for instance, have boosted her pro-democracy movement by allowing people, especially the young, to be better informed about what is happening both in their country and around the world.

“The number [of cell phones in Burma] will only increase, and this is for the good,” she said.

Nevertheless, she stressed, more than 2,000 political prisoners remain behind bars in Burma (which is also known as Myanmar ), and real change is unlikely to come until they are free. She therefore urged the international community to strive for their release.

In a previous interview, conducted in 1997, Suu Kyi had told me she was very moved by Natan Sharansky’s memoir about his years as a Prisoner of Zion in the Soviet Union. In light of that, I asked whether she had any message today for Shalit, who has now been held captive for more than four years without being permitted any visitors, even from the Red Cross.

“I would like to send a message to all political prisoners all over the world,” she responded. “Keep strong and don’t forget that there are many, many people who have you in their hearts and in their minds and would do whatever they can for your release.”

Suu Kyi also said she is “very, very concerned about the hostilities going on now” between

North and South Korea. “If we are a global village, we can’t get away from what is happening anywhere in the world,” she said.

Given this, I asked whether she had any message for Israelis and Palestinians.

“I just wonder whether they could not sit down and think that it would be so much nicer if they could be friends,” she said. “It seems a very simple thought, but sometimes great things begin with very simple thoughts.”  (*)

 
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PM Netanyahu: "Palestinian Authority Denial of the Link between the Jewish People and the Western Wall is Reprehensible and Scandalous"

FILE : Israel's President Shimon Peres, right, listens, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening of the winter session in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

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November 25, 2010 (KATAKAMI / PRIME MINISTER OFFICE) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening made the following remarks:

“The Palestinian Authority Information Ministry’s denial of the link between the Jewish People and the Western Wall is reprehensible and scandalous.

The Western Wall has been the Jewish People’s most sacred place for almost 2,000 years, since the destruction of the Second Temple.

This is not the only instance in which Palestinians are trying to distort historical facts in order to deny the deep and historic link between the Jewish People and its homeland.

When the Palestinian Authority denies the link between the Jewish People and the Western Wall, it calls into serious question its intentions of reaching a peace agreement, the foundations of which are coexistence and mutual recognition.

The Government of Israel expects Palestinian Authority leaders to disavow and condemn the aforesaid document, refrain from distorting historical facts and encourage the creation of a bridge to peace that will lead to an historic reconciliation between the two peoples.” (*)

 
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PM Erdogan : Turkey 'will not be silent' if Israel attacks

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews an honour guard with his Lebanese counterpart Saad al-Hariri (L) during an official welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Beirut international airport, November 24, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/ Jamal Saidi )

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‘Does Israel think it can enter Lebanon with most modern aircraft and tanks to kill women and children, use cluster bombs to kill kids in Gaza, and expect us to remain silent?’ asks Turkish prime minister on visit to Beirut.

November 25, 2010 (KATAKAMI / YNET) — Turkey will not remain silent if Israel attacks Lebanon or Gaza, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Beirut on Thursday, as ties between the longtime allies remained at an all-time low.

“Does (Israel) think it can enter Lebanon with the most modern aircraft and tanks to kill women and children, and destroy schools and hospitals, and then expect us to remain silent?” Erdogan said at a conference organised by the Union of Arab Banks.

“Does it think it can use the most modern weapons, phosphorus munitions and cluster bombs to kill children in Gaza and then expect us to remain silent? “We will not be silent and we will support justice by all means available to us.”

Turkey was once Israel’s closest military and diplomatic ally in the Middle East but ties began to deteriorate when Ankara criticised Israel’s December 2008 to January 2009 offensive against Gaza.

Relations then nosedived on May 31, 2010 when Israeli naval commandos stormed a Turkish-registered protest ship, the Mavi Mara, part of a flotilla attempting to break the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the operation.

Erdogan has said his country will not begin to restore relations with Israel until it apologizes for its “savage attack” on the vessel. Thursday was the final day of the Turkish premier’s two-day visit to Lebanon.

Hundreds of Lebanese of Armenian descent have clashed with army troops during a protest over a visit to Beirut by the Turkish prime minister.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a two day trip during which he met with officials and visited the north and south of the country.

He was inaugurating a hospital in the southern port city of Sidon Thursday as hundreds of protesters gathered in the capital’s Martyrs’ Square. When demonstrators tore up a large poster of Erdogan and pelted troops with rocks, security responded by beating up a number of them.

There were no reports of major injuries.

Lebanon has 150,000 Armenians, or nearly 4 percent of its population, which harbors deep animosity toward Turks over the 1915 killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians.  (*)

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President Medvedev believes in success of army reforms

At the meeting with participants in the assembly of commanders of the Armed Forces formations. With Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov (left) and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Gen. Nikolai Makarov.

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Medvedev’s Opening remarks at the meeting with Armed Forces commanders

November 25, 2010 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — The ongoing reforms of the Armed Forces have already lead to their better equipment and improvement in social guarantees for servicemen, despite certain problems, the Commander-in-Chief said at a meeting with participants in the assembly of Armed Forces commanders.

Dmitry Medvedev noted that the Armed Forces have been actively undergoing modernisation in recent years. The deadline for the completion of the basic organisational and staffing changes required for the transformation of the Armed Forces is December 2010. The goal is to make the Armed Forces more compact and efficient, equipped with modern weapons and technology, President Medvedev stressed.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov (November 25, 2010)

From 2010 to 2020, the annual volume of defence allocations will remain at 2.8 percent of GDP thus allowing to equip the military units with new technology in accordance with the State Arms Procurement Programme and to end the involvement of the servicemen with non-professional activities. The Armed Forces should focus exclusively on operational and combat training.

Earlier in the day, the Commander-in-Chief watched the exercises of land forces at the Gorokhovetsky military training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. Dmitry Medvedev was also shown military and special equipment, and inspected an autonomous field camp.

In addition, the President held a meeting with the Defence Ministry’s senior officials. (*)

 
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Putin in Germany to meet with Merkel, address economic forum

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November 25, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday arrived on an official visit in Germany.

During his visit, to last until Friday, he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss bilateral trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation.

He will also address an annual economic forum of German corporate managers and meet with representatives of business circles.  (*)

BERLIN, November 25

 
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