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Russia’s Medvedev to meet Japan’s PM: spokeswoman

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 am

Russia’s losses in WWII estimated at some 27 million people – paper

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Some 27 million Russians died during the Second World War, a Russian daily said on Thursday, citing estimates by a Russian interdepartmental commission.

According to Vremya Novostey newspaper, the total fatalities of the Soviet Union, both soldiers and civilians, were 26.6 million people, of those an estimated 8,668,400 soldiers died.

Contrary to conventional claims that Russia simply sacrificed its soldiers, the ratio of combat losses of the Red Army to the Wehrmacht was 1.3:1. However, if non-combat losses are taken into account, the ratio changes radically. German losses have been estimated at around 6 million people and its allies (Italy, Austria, Japan, etc.) lost some 806,000.

The commission implemented a new method to estimate fatalities based on archives of troop deployment to military offices and arrivals at the front.

As expected, the current statistics do not differ much from the data from the Armed Forces General Staff provided in 1980s-1990s.

The interdepartmental commission was created on October 23, 2009, by order of the Russian defense minister. The commission includes representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry, the Federal Security Service, the Russian Interior Ministry, the Federal State Statistics Service, and the Russian Archives.

Russia will mark the 65th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany on May 9 with its biggest ever post-Soviet demonstration of military hardware. This year is the first time that troops from other countries will take part in the parade.

The deadliest war ever claimed over 60 million lives in total.

The verified data of Russia’s total losses during the Second World War is expected to be approved by relevant regulations and formally reported to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on May 9, 2010.


Source: SGGP

Russia’s Medvedev warns Iran over nuclear deadlock

In World on November 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm

SINGAPORE, Nov 15, 2009 (AFP) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday warned Iran it could face new sanctions if there is no progress in the deadlock over its nuclear programme.

Medvedev said after talks with President Barack Obama that neither he nor the US leader were satisfied with the pace of the process, as Tehran drags its feet over its response to a UN-sponsored deal.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev listens during meetings with US President Barack Obama (not pictured) in Singapore, site of the APEC summit, November 15 (AFP photo)

“Our goal is clear, it is transparent” he said. “We are prepared to work further” to ensure Iran’s nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes, he said.

“In case we fail, the other options remain on the table, in order to move the process in a different direction,” he said in reference to new sanctions against Tehran.

Obama described as “fair” the proposal offered to Iran which would see states including Russia help Tehran enrich uranium.

“Unfortunately, so far at least, Iran has been unable to say yes,” he said. “We now are running out of time with respect to that approach.”

Obama, who needs Russia’s help to break the stand-off over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, exchanged a warm handshake with Medvedev at the conclusion of the talks.

“I have found, as always, President Medvedev frank, constructive and thoughtful,” he said. “The reset button has worked,” he said.

Russia has the strongest ties with Iran of any major power, and its capacity to provide technical help for the Iranian nuclear drive is seen by some analysts as giving it unmatched leverage in Tehran.

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US vows to support Russia’s entry into WTO

In World on September 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm

 Washington is eager for Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization, and promised Monday to offer “constructive support” toward that end, US trade representative Ron Kirk said Monday.

WTO headquarters entrance in Geneva

Kirk’s comments came after he met with Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov in Washington for talks on a range of bilateral and multilateral trade issues.

Among the trade issues discussed were US exports of agricultural products, protection of intellectual property rights, and licensing procedures for certain information technology products, Kirk’s office said in a press release.

“Ambassador Kirk welcomed the prospect of renewed engagement with Russia on its WTO accession negotiations following a period of uncertainty regarding Russia’s intentions,” the statement from Kirk’s office read.

“However he again noted that progress in these multilateral negotiations has always depended, and will still depend, on Russia’s dedication and work toward that end,” the statement said.

Source: SGGP