Morning re-cap of main news, February 28

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* Russia's Security Council said an Iranian delegation to be led by Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, would arrive in Moscow for a further round of nuclear talks Wednesday, March 1

* Russian President Vladimir Putin, currently on an official visit to Hungary, said he was optimistic about the Russian-Iranian deal to enrich uranium

* Putin said that Russia intended to increase its annual natural gas deliveries to Europe to 60 billion cubic meters in the next few years

* Putin said that a big logistics center to supply Europe with goods from Asia could be set up in Hungary

* Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki refused to accept Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi 's advice that the Islamic Republic freeze its controversial nuclear research program, adding that the ongoing negotiations with Russia on uranium enrichment could defuse the situation

* The head of Russia's nuclear oversight service said the country planned to propose establishing international centers to license nuclear research at the July summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations

* Kyrgyzstan's parliament failed to elect a new speaker after former speaker Omurbek Tekebayev resigned over conflict with the country's president

* A Russian presidential advisor said Russia had sent a proposal concerning regulations for cargo transit in Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea, to the European Union

* Chechen President Alu Alkhanov said Prime Minister Sergei Abramov had filed his resignation

* India's second largest bank, ICICI, announced that it was launching operations in Moscow

* The Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange said its stock market and the London Stock Exchange had signed a cooperation agreement, which is designed to help Russian companies hold initial public offerings of their shares on domestic and foreign markets

* Daghestan's Emergency Situations Ministry said about 180,000 hens infected with bird flu had been culled at a poultry farm in the southern Russian republic

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