Morning re-cap of main news, August 11

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* Vladimir Putin and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the presidents of Russia and Iran, discussed the situation in the Middle East in a telephone conversation Friday, the Kremlin press service said

* Vladimir Putin said he would support U.S. aircraft giant Boeing in Russia

* Boeing and Russian titanium giant Vsmpo-Avisma announced the establishment of a joint venture to assemble titanium products for Boeing passenger liners

* The idea of installing a pro-Tbilisi government in the troubled Kodori gorge in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia is extremely dangerous, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said

* Russia's Air Force Commander said the new air defense system, S-400, would be equipped with new missiles by the end of 2006

* A Moscow appeals court reduced the Federal Tax Service's claims to Yukos from 353.8 billion rubles ($13.2 bln) to 311.8 billion rubles ($11.6 bln)

* Russian police said a fourth suspect had been detained in St. Petersburg in connection with the theft of almost $5 million worth of art from the Hermitage Museum

* Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said the country had submitted to the UN Security Council a draft resolution on Lebanon calling for an immediate and complete ceasefire for 72 hours

* Georgia's Foreign Ministry said the country had every legitimate reason to refuse a Russian peacekeeping role in international monitoring of a gorge forming de facto border between the breakaway region of Abkhazia and Tbilisi-controlled territory

* Talks on Ukraine's accession to the World Trade Organization are nearing completion, the presidential secretariat said

* Ukraine's new Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych said granting Russian the status of an official language in the country was impossible under current conditions

* Finnish President Tarja Halonen approved a draft agreement with Russia to convert into barter $30 million borrowed from Finland as a member of the Paris Club of creditor nations

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