Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has come under sanctions. A currency crisis in Iran has caused protest rallies and led to antagonism between Ahmadinejad and parliament. The United States and the EU plan to toughen sanctions again, hoping to depose the regime without a military operation.
US presidential candidate Mitt Romney said his main task would be to reclaim the role of the global leader to the United States. For that, he is ready to arm Syria’s opposition, postpone troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and complete the establishment of a missile defense system in Europe.
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Russian flag air carrier Aeroflot and Sheremetyevo Airport have signed a strategic partnership agreement.
The International Monetary Fund followed the lead of the World Bank by cutting its growth forecasts for Russia amid lackluster expectations for the global economy.
(The Moscow Times)
Moscow starts testing a new city development strategy until 2025. The document is to undergo discussions in 2013 and is expected to enter into force in 2015.
More than 60 percent of Russians speak for internet censorship, according to a survey by Levada Center.
The Foreign Ministry said it had given UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency, until the end of the year to wrap up its existing programs in Russia.
(The Moscow Times)
Parliament and the government argue over the minimum acceptable alcohol content in blood. The State Duma is trying to convince Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to bring back the so called pro mille law.
The Russian government has submitted to the State Duma a bill in line with which people who did not serve in the armed forces will not be allowed to be state employees.
Large contracts for Russian arms deliveries to Iraq have been signed, which is huge success for Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport in the Middle East since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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