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* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments that Israel should be "wiped off the map" were unacceptable and would provide more arguments for those countries that wanted to refer the Iranian nuclear file to the UN Security Council

* The Russian government said it recommended that the president sign the Council of Europe's Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism

* Moldova's Prime Minister Vasily Tarlev said Russian arms in the self-proclaimed republic of Transdnestr must be removed by December 31, 2005

* Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov dismissed allegations made by Moldovan Prime Minister Vasily Tarlev that arms from Russia's bases in the self-proclaimed Transdnestr republic fell into hands of Chechen militants

* Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh said the country was ready to increase its presence in the Russian energy sector

* ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva said the American oil major wanted to buy a stake in Lithuania's Mazeikiu nafta with Russia's LUKoil

* A Russian delegation to the United States, headed by Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko, met with representatives of major automakers

* The Moscow Bar Association refused to disbar three attorneys for jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky

* The rating agency Moody's has upgraded the ratings of Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom, oil majors Transneft and Rosneft and Russian Railways to Baa2, with a stable outlook

* Russia has successfully launched a Kosmos-3M carrier rocket with a Russian Mozhayets-5 educational satellite and seven foreign mini-satellites

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