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Iraq’s Maliki discusses oil project with Russian company

Source : AFP | 01 Jul 2013

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki held talks in Moscow on Monday with the Russian oil company Lukoil about enacting an existing energy contract and possible participation in future deals, Lukoil said.

Lukoil said that Maliki and Iraqi Oil Minister Abdelkarim al-Luaybi met its chief executive, Vagit Alekperov, to discuss Lukoil’s participation in the West Qurna 2 oil field.

Lukoil and Norway’s Statoil won the right to develop a section of Qurna, one of Iraq’s largest oil fields, in 2009.

Saudi Arabia funds terrorists in Syria: Russia

Source : Presstv / 28 June 2013

Russia says Saudi Arabia and some other Persian Gulf Arab states are supporting "international terrorists and extremists" fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, responding to the accusations that Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal had previously leveled against Russia.

"Of course, we are not going to justify ourselves before anyone. Our fundamental position on Syria is well known,"the statement said.

Turkey-Russia JEC Meeting held in Antalya

Source : Agencies | 20 Apr 2013

Turkey-Russia Joint Economic Committee (JEC) 12th Term Meeting was held in the southern province of Antalya on Saturday with the participation of Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Sources Taner Yildiz and Russian Minister of Energy Aleksandr Novak.

Speaking to reporters during a portion of the meeting that was opened to the press corps, Taner Yildiz stressed that there was potential to increase the trade volume of 34 billion USD with Russia.

Egypt's Mursi fails to secure loan, grain from Russia

Russian officials said only that Moscow would consider the loan request and that it might increase grain supplies if its harvest reached the target level this year.
Source : Agencies | 20 Apr 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi asked Russia on Friday for grain and a loan to help ease a deepening economic crisis but secured neither at talks with President Vladimir Putin.

‘Two-year conflict leading to mutual destruction,’ Russia warns Syria

By Agencies | 20 Feb 2013

Russia on Wednesday urged the regime and rebels in Syria to swiftly halt their almost two-year conflict, warning that seeking a military settlement risked leading to mutual destruction.

“It’s time to end this two-year conflict,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a meeting with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and other top Arab diplomats.

“Neither side can allow itself to bet on a military settlement as this is a path to nowhere, a path to mutual destruction,” he said.

Moscow planes and warships head to Syria, may evacuate Russians: official

By Al Arabiya with AFP

Russia is sending four more warships to the Mediterranean Sea, the defence ministry said on Tuesday, as the crisis in Syria worsens and Moscow takes measures for a possible evacuation of citizens.

The four landing ships will join an escort ship and smaller vessels that are already on duty in the region, the defence ministry said in a statement to Russian news agencies.

A military source quoted by RIA Novosti said their main task could be taking part in a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria.

Russia says concerned over Israeli air raids in Syria

By Al Arabiya with AFP | 31 Jan 2013

Russia said on Thursday it was very concerned about reports of an Israeli air attack deep inside Syria near its capital Damascus. Any action of such, if confirmed, would amount to unacceptable military interference in the war-ravaged country, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Syria minister wounded, Russia says regime may lose

By AFP | 13 Dec 2012

A car bomb killed 16 people outside the Syrian capital on Thursday hours after a bombing wounded the interior minister as Damascus ally Moscow acknowledged the regime may lose the fight against rebels.

The latest bombing struck outside an army housing complex and near an elementary school, and children made up seven of the dead and many of the 23 wounded, state media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Syrian rebels seize major dam in north; Russia slams French support

Source : Agencies | 27 Nov 2012

Activists say Syrian rebels have captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates river in the country’s north in a strategic victory that followed days of fighting.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Tishrin Dam, near the town of Manbij, fell to the rebels before dawn on Monday.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Observatory, says the dam supplies several areas of Syria with electricity.

Russia sends ships to Gaza coast in preparation for violence escalation

By Agencies | 24 Nov 2012

Russian warships anchored off the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea to prepare the evacuation of Russians in the area, should the conflict in Gaza escalate, The Voice of Russia quoted a Russian Navy Command source on Friday.

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