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2005 Review: September

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RIAN News Service continues its review of the outgoing year with the main events of September

September 1

* Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a resolution outlining Russia's intention to renounce a treaty on the Russian-Estonian border

September 5

* Bird flu virus is confirmed in 45 Russian villages, and 80 villages are still being tested for the virus

September 6

* Vladimir Putin says he will not run for the Russian presidency in 2008

September 7

* Gazprom sets the reference price for Russian natural gas supplies to Georgia at $110 per thousand cu m after a shift to market prices from 2006

* UN Secretary General Kofi Annan takes responsibility for the shortcomings of the Oil for Food Program at the UN Security Council hearing of the Independent Inquiry Committee's report on the program

September 8

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko dismisses Yuliya Tymoshenko's government, appointing head of the Dnepropetrovsk region administration Yuriy Yekhanurov acting prime minister.

September 10

* Russia and Belarus sign a contract to deliver S-300 air defense systems to Belarus

September 13

* The fourth round of six-nation talks on the North Korean nuclear problem resumed in Beijing after a month-long break

September 15

* A Russian Su-27 (Flanker) warplane crashes over Lithuania, but the pilot ejects from the aircraft

September 19

* The six nations negotiating to put an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program adopt a joint statement on the principles of denuclearization

September 22

* Russia demands that Latvian authorities extradite oligarch Boris Berezovsky who arrived in Riga

* The Moscow City Court rejects the appeals filed by oligarchs Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev but reduces their prison sentences from nine to eight years

September 27

* Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom signs a $13.1 billion deal, the country's largest to date, to take control of the Sibneft oil major

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