Morning re-cap of main news, February 19

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* Russia and Azerbaijan have reached the level of strategic partnership, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said

* Russia is ready to act as a guarantor in the settlement of a dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, if Armenia and Azerbaijan come to a compromise, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said

* Iran will accept Russia's proposal to set up a joint venture for uranium enrichment on Russian territory, if certain provisions are met, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov discussed over the phone the issues of bilateral cooperation, including cooperation in the fuel and energy sector

* Police in Moscow arrested a drug trafficker from Tajikistan attempting to smuggle 1.5 kilograms of heroin into Russia

* Two girls aged 2 and 3 died of severe burns and smoke inhalation in a fire that broke out at the Terek station in the Naursky district of Chechnya, a Russian republic in the North Caucasus

* A helicopter crashed in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan Saturday afternoon, killing the craft's pilot and a passenger

* The Russian ice hockey team won a 9-2 victory over Latvia at the Turin Olympics Sunday, with Ilya Kovalchuk scoring four goals

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