Morning re-cap of main news, September 26

* Russia's Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev said:

- His ministry will start probes into deposits developed by French oil major Total and the Russian-British joint venture TNK-BP

- His ministry will halt the Sakhalin-II energy project if no environmental guarantees are provided over a controversial pipeline

* Mohammad Saeedi, the deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said:

- Russian nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko will visit Iran in December

- Iran's top nuclear negotiator and the EU foreign policy chief will not discuss Tehran's moratorium on uranium enrichment

* Russia and Iran signed a supplementary agreement for the delivery of 80 metric tons of nuclear fuel to a nuclear power plant in southern Iran in March 2007, the head of Russia's nuclear exporter said

* The Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia's parliament, approved sending combat engineers to Lebanon

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said:

- Russia is opposed to any ultimatums in settling the Iran and Middle East situations

- New flexible alliances are needed to resolve international problems more efficiently, unlike the alignments of the Cold War era, which are no longer capable of responding to changing realities

* A Russian court martial sentenced Alexander Sivyakov, the main defendant in the Andrei Sychyov hazing case, to four years in prison

* Russia's upper chamber of parliament ordered its committees to examine the situation around the massive Sakhalin II energy project, off the country's Pacific coast

* Russia's Foreign Ministry criticized a Georgian idea to invite foreign diplomats to visit a troubled region separating Tbilisi-controlled territory from breakaway Abkhazia as dangerous and untimely

* The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, one of Russia's leading space-industry firms, said it has won a tender to build its second satellite for Kazakhstan, KazSat-2

* A Kyrgyz passenger airliner crashed on take-off into a U.S. combat aircraft in the Central Asian state's international airport Tuesday, a source at the airport said

* Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana will meet September 27 in a European city, said Gholamreza Aghazadeh, Iran's nuclear chief and vice president

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