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Photostream : Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) welcomes his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger during their meeting in Moscow on March 30, 2011. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) welcomes his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger during their meeting in Moscow on March 30, 2011. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger (L) talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in Moscow, March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

 
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says son will choose profession himself

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Sveltana

 

RUSSIA, March 29, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he would not force his point of view on his 15-year-old son, Ilya, and would let him choose his future occupation himself, RIA NOVOSTI reported.

Russian teenagers finish school at the age of 16-17, and may then continue their education by entering a higher education institution or a training college.

Meeting with students and professors from technical universities on Tuesday, Medvedev was asked whether Ilya Medvedev has chosen his future occupation.

“My answer will be very brief: let him make the decision himself. I can add only one thing: I certainly won’t press my point of view on him.”

The president emphasized that it was not good when “parents shove their children into universities” with no regard to the teenagers’ interests and skills.

“You should not study for your parents, you should study for yourself,” Medvedev said. (*)

 
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Russia urges NATO to fulfil Libya resolution without excess creativity

Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin

BRUSSELS, March 29 (KATAKAMI.COM ) – Russia has called on NATO to fulfil the UN Security Council’s resolution on Libya without excessive creativity. Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) on the situation in Libya, ITAR TASS reported.

“Russia has the right to have full transparency in the development of the operation in Libya,” Rogozin said. He drew attention to the information about civilian casualties coming from the combat actions area.

“If these reports are confirmed, this would require a thorough independent investigation,” said the Russian ambassador.

According to a NATO release, on March 27, NATO Allies decided to take on the whole military operation in Libya under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. The purpose of Operation Unified Protector is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack. NATO will implement all military aspects of the UN Resolution. All NATO Allies are committed to fulfil their obligations under the UN resolution. Since the resolution was passed on March 17, Allies have moved swiftly and decisively to enforce the arms embargo and no-fly zone called for in the resolution, and to take further measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas from attack.

Rogozin said earlier that the Russian side intended to emphasise “inadmissibility of transition of the international operation in Libya to a land phase.” “Russia will consider that step as occupation of a sovereign country,” the ambassador stressed.

A NATO source told Itar-Tass that the Alliance would inform Russia on its decision to assume control over all military operations in Libya. According to him, UN Security Council’s resolution does not allow land operations, and the Alliance intends to act strictly within the Security Council mandate.  (*)
 
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Moscow urges coalition forces in Libya to stay within UN mandate

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

 

 

MOSCOW, March 29 (KATAKAMI.COM ) — Coalition forces involved in a military operation in Libya should act strictly within the UN mandate and answer directly to the Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, RIA NOVOSTI reported.

The Security Council adopted this resolution [1973] with the sole purpose of ensuring the protection of civilians,” he said. “So those countries that volunteered to implement this resolution should report to the UN Security Council, not some ad hoc structures.”

Lavrov has been critical of the Western-led military operation, claiming on Monday that it was at odds with a UN Security Council resolution passed on March 17 to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Russia was one of five countries to abstain from the vote.

On Sunday, NATO began taking command from the United States of all aerial operations to ensure the no-fly zone and an arms embargo in Libya. The transfer of authority will take up to three days and should be completed by Wednesday.

Libyan television has reported that dozens of civilians have been killed and wounded in the strikes and that many health and education facilities have been destroyed. Coalition commanders deny this. (*)

 
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Russia-NATO Council to discuss conflict settlement in Libya

Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin

 

RUSSIA,March 29, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — The Russia-NATO Council will discuss on Tuesday in Brussels the current state of affairs in Libya and ways to resolve the ongoing conflict, RIA NOVOSTI reported.

Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said late last week that the Council will meet “to confirm the limits that the UN Security Council placed on the participants of the conflict.”

Rogozin also reiterated Russia’s position saying that “holding [military] ground operations will be qualified as occupying Libya and that directly contradicts the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council.”

NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu said on Monday that no foreign troops will be deployed and there will be no NATO presence on the ground in Libya

On Sunday, NATO began taking command of all aerial operations in Libya from the U.S.-led force. The transfer of authority will take up to three days.

The UN Security Council resolution adopted on March 17 imposed a no-fly zone over Libya and measures to protect civilians from Gaddafi’s forces.

Western-led military strikes against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, whose forces have been attacking rebels in the east of the North African country since mid-February, began last Saturday.  (*)

 

 
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Russia-NATO Council to discuss situation in Libya ; Russian Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin

Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin
BRUSSELS, March 29 (KATAKAMI.COM / Itar-Tass) – The situation in Libya will be in the focus of attention at a session of the Russia-NATO Council at the level of ambassadors on Tuesday, Russia’s Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin told Tass.

According to Rogozin, the Russian side intends to emphasize “inadmissibility of transition of the international operation in Libya to a land phase”. “Russia will consider that step as occupation of a sovereign country,” the ambassador stressed.

A NATO source, for his part, told Tass that the Alliance will inform Russia on its decision to assume control over all military operations in Libya. According to him, U.N. Security Council’s resolution does not allow land operations, and the Alliance intends to act strictly within the Security Council mandate.  (*)
 
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Russian President meets with Emergency Situations Ministry rescuers who took part in the rescue operations in Japan

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (C) speaks during a meeting with Russian Emergencies Ministry members, who took part in the earthquake and tsunami earthquake rescue efforts in Japan, after their return to Moscow March 28, 2011. ( Photo : Kremlin.Ru )

Russia, 29 March 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / KREMLIN) — Acting on the President’s instructions, the rescuers worked in Sendai and Ishinomaki, the Japanese towns hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami. The rescue operations took place on March 15-22, 2011.

Taking part in the meeting at the Kremlin were Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu, personnel from the Centre for High-Risk Rescue Operations Leader and the Emergency Situation Ministry’s Far East Regional Centre, and also rescuers from the Central Airborne Rescue Detachment and the Emergency Situations Ministry Department for Aviation and Air Rescue Technology.


 

Meeting with Emergency Situations Ministry rescuers who took part in rescue operations in Japan.

 


PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Colleagues, friends,
I want to start by thanking you of course for the work that you did in Japan. This disaster that struck Japan is terrible, probably one of the greatest and most tragic disasters on our planet over this last decade. Tens of thousands of people have been killed or simply disappeared.

It was only natural that our country, like others, should respond to this terrible catastrophe, this ultimately global disaster, despite the fact that, as you know, not all is smooth sailing in our relations with our Japanese partners.

There are issues on which our countries share very similar views, and there are also issues on which we have our differences. But in this situation our duty was simply to help our neighbours and partners, and of course it is the Emergency Situations Ministry that provides the first line of assistance. You did a worthy job.

As far as I know, our detachment, with 161 people, was the biggest of all the rescue brigades other countries sent to Japan. This in itself is clear evidence of our desire to help our neighbours, and at the same time it also demonstrates our ability to provide this kind of support.

I spoke with the Japanese Prime Minister just a few days after the disaster struck. We had a lengthy and serious conversation. I could sense what a difficult time the Japanese authorities are going through, and at the same time I could also sense how important it was for them to receive this kind of help and support from Russia, a neighbour with whom they have a diverse range of relations, and yes, with whom there are differences too. But when the hand of friendship is extended in these kinds of circumstances it perhaps takes on even greater meaning.

I am sure that you have found friends and colleagues among the Japanese, grateful to you for the work that you performed in very difficult conditions. I also want to thank the Emergency Situations Ministry’s aviation department for arranging transport home for our citizens in Japan who wanted to return to Russia, seeing the way events were developing.

We were ready whatever the circumstances, and offered transport home to our citizens, and to citizens of our close neighbours, who have roots in the Russian Federation. This was important too, important for a large number of our people. Of course another vital part of the work you did was transporting cargoes of humanitarian aid to Japan.

I therefore want to thank you once again for all of this work. I think that our team carried out its mission in worthy fashion. Conditions there were far from easy. I hope you will share some of your experiences with us, because many of us, not just myself, will be interested to hear about it. I have been in regular contact with the minister, Mr Shoigu, who has kept me updated of course on your work, the tasks before you, and the difficulties or problems you have faced.

But your experiences are of interest too to the millions of people here who have been anxiously following developments in Japan. Tremors still continue in the earthquake zone, close to Japan’s islands and our territory too. And so of course people are following events very attentively.

Once more, I thank you for your work, and I ask you to perhaps say a few words about it now.  (*)
 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in World News

 

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