Entries in Dmitry Medvedev (16)


President Obama Meets with 'Friend and Partner' Medvedev

File photo. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)(DEAUVILLE, France) -- Before the G8 summit commences, President Obama met with his "friend and partner" Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Hotel Royal Barriere.

The top topics, according to a senior White House official, were issues remaining to be resolved before Russia can join the World Trade Organization and implementing the START missile defense treaty. In the meeting, the two also discussed broader topics relating to the Middle East and North Africa, "sharing ideas on how we can manage the transition process, ensure stability and solve conflicts in a peaceful way," the president said.

The two leaders also discussed enforcing sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program. The president praised the cooperative relationship pertaining to nuclear security and counterterrorism.

Medvedev, the president said, "is doing fine work in moving Russia forward."

The Russian leader said that his "personal relationship" with President Obama "helps us advance."

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Russia Celebrates Annual Victory Day with Military Parade

Mark Harris/Photodisc/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- The Russian military celebrated Victory Day, the annual commemoration of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, on Monday.

The event involved upwards of 20,000 uniformed men parading alongside missiles. The troops sported new uniforms introduced earlier this year.

President Dmitri Medvedev spoke at the ceremony, reminding citizens that Russia's military might serves "global stability."

Victory Day was first celebrated at Stalin's behest on June 24, 1945.

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Russian President Visits West Bank; Declares Support for Palestinian State

Photo Courtesy - Sasha Mordovets/ Getty Images(JERICHO, West Bank) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev paid his first official visit to the West Bank Tuesday.

From the ancient city of Jericho, Medvedev publicly declared Russia's longtime support for a future Palestinian state.  The Palestinians welcomed the move, which is part of their push to have world leaders recognize their future state outside negotiations.

Medvedev didn't go as far as some leaders in Latin America, who over the last couple of months have officially recognized a future Palestinian state along the 1967 borders.  The Russian president made no mention of borders, but he did officially reiterate Russia's position, saying that since 1988 Russia has recognized an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Palestinians were hoping for more, but praised the move nonetheless.

Israeli officials didn't expect the topic to come up and pointed out that Russia wasn't saying anything new.

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Russia Welcomes Senate's Ratification of Nuclear Treaty

Photo Courtesy - Sasha Mordovets/ Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia has welcomed news of the U.S. Senate’s ratification of the START treaty.

On Thursday, Russian President Medvedev’s press secretary said he is “satisfied to learn that the U.S. Senate ratified the new START treaty and expressed the hope that the Duma and the Federation Council will be prepared to consider this issue and also ratify the document.”

The precise timing of ratification by Russia’s parliament isn’t clear but it will likely be in the coming days or weeks.  It will go through the Duma  -- the lower house -- before going up to the Federation Council, which is the upper house.

The speaker of the Duma said the treaty could be ratified as early as Friday if they approve of the wording in the Senate resolution which they have yet to see.  The head of the foreign affairs committee in the Federation Council said that they are ready to ratify as soon as the Duma passes it.

The Senate voted 71-26 Wednesday to ratify the U.S.-Russian nuclear weapons control treaty.

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Russian Journalist Beaten Outside His Moscow Home

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- A Russian journalist is in a coma after being attacked outside his Moscow home early Saturday. The beating left Oleg Kashin with fractures to his jaw, skull and legs, as well as broken fingers and a concussion.

Kashin, a political reporter for the Kommersant newspaper, recently covered a controversial highway project that has drawn fierce debate and demonstrations. Because nothing was stolen from the man, the newspaper's editor says there is no doubt the attack was related to Kashin's work.

On Twitter, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wrote, "the criminals must be found and punished."

Attacks on journalists in Russia are nothing new and the cases typically go unsolved.

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Moscow Mayor Luzhkov Loses Feud With President Medvedev

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- On Tuesday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev fired the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, who'd held the position since 1992 and was resisting scathing attacks to get him to resign. The president dismissed Luzhkov for a "loss of confidence." The firing followed a bruising campaign by the state-run media that accused Luzhkov of giving preference to his beloved bees over his constituents and helping his wife become the only female billionaire in Russia.  "It is difficult to imagine a situation in which a governor and the president of Russia as the top official would continue working together, if the president loses confidence in the head of the region," Medvedev told reporters during a trip to Shanghai.  The Luzhkov drama has dominated the headlines in Russia since early September when he criticized Medvedev for suspending the controversial construction of a highway through a forest north of Moscow. 

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