Dmitry Medvedev

Russia softens tone on gas dispute with Ukraine

Dmitry MedvedevMoscow, May 15 - Russia said Wednesday it would resume gas price talks with Ukraine if Kiev pays off part of its mounting gas debt, in an apparent move to soften its tone on gas dispute with the Eastern European country.

"No one ever said: Return four billion US dollars immediately," Xinhua quoted Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as saying. But he stressed that Ukraine should at least show the willingness to pay the outstanding debt. "If they pay a part, it is at least a basis for talks."

Cooperation with India strategic goal: Russian PM

Dmitry-MedvedevMoscow, Sep 20 : Russia hopes to develop cooperation with India in all areas, including military, technical and nuclear energy, according to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"We are interested in developing our cooperation with India in all possible ways and areas," Medvedev told the 15th General Assembly of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies Thursday.

"This is a strategic goal of the Russian government. This is why we hold regular meetings of the heads of government and state," the prime minister said.

Medvedev invites opposition to speak

Medvedev invites opposition to speakMoscow, March 28 - Opponents of Russia's ruling United Russia party should be given an opportunity to express their views, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.

"We could invite people who do not completely share our views, who are not party members," Medvedev, who is also the chairman of United Russia, said during a lecture at Civil University.

The Civil University is the party's new educational project for members.

EU, Cyprus act 'like bull in China shop': Medvedev

EU, Cyprus act 'like bull in China shop': MedvedevMoscow, March 21 - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday slammed the European Union and Cyprus for what he described as their dismal management of the island nation's debt woes.

Medvedev told journalists from European media outlets in an interview the mishandling of the crisis had undermined confidence in financial institutions, in Cyprus and beyond.

Medvedev may meet North Korean leader

Medvedev may meet North Korean leaderMoscow, Aug 24 : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev may Wednesday meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who is on a visit to Russia.

Media reports said their discussions could focus on a project to build a gas pipeline transporting 10 billion cubic metres annually from Russia to South Korea via North Korea.

The Kremlin earlier said the meeting will be the key event on Kim's visit agenda, but named no specific date, venue or topic for the talks.

Kim, who is travelling in his own armoured train, arrived in Ulan-Ude, capital of the east Siberian republic of Buryatia, Tuesday.(IANS)

Russian people won World War II, not Stalin, says Medvedev

Russian people won World War II, not Stalin, says MedvedevPresident Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that World War II was won by the Russian people and not by the man who led the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin.

Medvedev said in an interview published in Isvestia, "There are absolutely obvious things -- the Great Patriotic War was won by our people. Neither Stalin nor even the generals did anything as important as they did. Yes, their role was, of course, very serious, but at the same time, the people won the war at the cost of great efforts, at the cost of a great many lives."

U.S. and Russian presidents honor 65th anniversary of WWII

Dmitry-Medvedev-Barack-ObamaAccording to the official reports, the U. S. and Russian presidents Sunday honored the 65th anniversary of the meeting of U. S. and Soviet troops at the Elbe River during World War II.

U. S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in a joint statement on Sunday, "April 25, 2010, marks the 65th anniversary of the legendary meeting of Soviet and American troops at the Elbe River, which became a striking symbol of the brotherhood-in-arms between our nations during World War II."

Putin, Medvedev take to Sochi slopes to boost 2014 Olympics

Putin, Medvedev take to Sochi slopes to boost 2014 OlympicsMoscow, Jan 4 - Russia's president and prime minister hit the slopes in Sochi, planned site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, to give the Russian resort town a boost, according to Russian broadcasters.

A series of photographs showed President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin skiing and sharing a ride on a snowmobile. Nonetheless, the light-hearted event received some criticism as Medvedev wore only a knit cap, not the safety helmet recommended for skiing.

I am not an ally of absurd personnel revolutions: Medvedev

Dmitry MedvedevMoscow, Dec 24 : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Thursday said changes in the country's top establishment should take place, but they should not be sweeping, adding "I am not an ally of absurd personnel revolutions".

"I am not an ally of absurd personnel revolutions - it is just incorrect, unethical towards the people and just dangerous for the country," the president said in an interview with three state television channels. However, he said, "the process (of changes) will continue."

Medvedev said new governors were appointed in about a fifth of Russia's regions over the last year and a half.

Medvedev meets Lebanese PM in Copenhagen

Medvedev meets Lebanese PM in CopenhagenCopenhagen, Dec 18 - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Copenhagen, where he arrived Thursday in order to take part in the UN climate change conference.

The Russian president told Saad Hariri he hoped they could discuss "not only climate-related issues, but also issues of... bilateral relations" during their stay in the Danish capital.

Saad Hariri said that Dmitry Medvedev's decision to meet with the Lebanese delegation showed Russia's interest in developing bilateral cooperation with his country.

India-Russia ties back on track: Russian envoy

Manmohan Singh, Dmitry MedvedevNew Delhi, Dec 14 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow has injected "a new freshness" into India-Russia relations which are now "back on a very solid track," the Russian envoy said here Monday.

A new freshness has been infused into the India-Russia relationship, Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin told reporters here.

An Indo-Russian thaw on a wintry day in Moscow

Dmitry MedvedevMoscow, Dec 9 : On a wintry day in Moscow, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had a reason to exchange warm smiles that signalled a new warmth in bilateral ties that went through a period of cold shouldering when both countries ended their Cold War alliance to diversify their strategic linkages.

It was the season's first major snowfall and Moscow city was shrouded in a pristine white blanket. Inside the Kremlin, Manmohan Singh and Medvedev emerged from a meeting, shook hands and smiled at each other in front of a huge media presence in the imposing Malachite Hall.

India, Russia concerned over the safety of nuke weapons in Asia

India, Russia concerned over the safety of nuke weapons in AsiaMoscow, Dec. 8 : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday expressed grave concern over the safety of nuclear weapons in Iran and other neighbouring countries.

Apparently referring to Pakistan, President Medvedev also called for ensuring tighter control over nuclear weapons by some states.

Pricing issue of Gorshkov brought to a successful conclusion: MEA

Pricing issue of Gorshkov brought to a successful conclusion: MEAMoscow, Dec. 8 : After years and months of frantic negotiations, the pricing of the naval aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov has been finally resolved.

Although Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev did not disclose or mention exact details of the complex defence deal during their joint press conference at the Kremlin on Monday, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that the pricing and technical issues have been resolved, and added that both sides have reached a final settlement.

India, Russia express concern over safety of nuclear weapons in the region

 India, Russia express concern over safety of nuclear weapons in the regionMoscow, Dec. 7 : Russian President Medvedev on Monday expressed concerns over the safety of nuclear weapons in Iran and other neighbouring countries.

Making an apparent reference to Pakistan, Russian President called for a tighter control over nuclear weapons by the states.

No ties with others at Russia's cost: Manmohan

Dmitry Medvedev, Manmohan SinghMoscow, Dec 7 : India's ties with other countries will "never be at the cost of time tested relationship with Russia", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here Monday.

Making the opening remarks after meeting President Dmitry Medvedev, Manmohan Singh said: "Our relations with third countries will never be at the cost of time tested relationship with Russia."

He stressed that Indo-Russian relations have the potential to make an impact on key regional and global issues like economic revival, terrorism and climate change.

PM meets Medvedev to ink n-deal, defence pacts

PM meets Medvedev to ink n-deal, defence pactsMoscow, Dec 7 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Monday to ink the expanded civil nuclear deal and three defence pacts.

The umbrella agreement for expanding civil nuclear cooperation will give New Delhi the right to reprocess spent fuel, taking the pact "far beyond the 123 agreement" inked with the US, official sources had said Sunday.

The comments came as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Moscow on a three-day visit.

India, Russia to sign landmark nuclear pact

India, Russia to sign landmark nuclear pactMoscow, Dec 7 : India and Russia are set to sign a landmark civil nuclear pact on Monday after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh''s summit talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

India is hopeful of inking an expanded civil nuclear deal with Russia apart from several agreements on defence, space, science and technology.

US, Russia to adhere to START as deadline expires

US, Russia to adhere to START as deadline expiresWashington/Moscow, Dec 5 : The US and Russia will adhere to a nuclear arms reduction treaty even as it is set to expire, as negotiators from the two countries continue work on a new agreement.

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a joint statement Friday pledging to work together "in the spirit of the START Treaty following its expiration."

Russia eases way for military deployment abroad

Russia eases way for military deployment abroadMoscow - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed an amendment to the defence law, paving the way for deployment of the Russian military anywhere in the world, the Kremlin said Monday.

The law empowers the Russian armed forces to take part in anti- piracy missions, but also contains a controversial clause allowing troops to be deployed to protect Russian citizens abroad.

Russia justified its invasion of the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia in August last year with the need to protect Russian citizens living there.

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