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Main news of March 5

A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Despite her decision not to pursue legal action over alleged fraud at the February presidential polls, Ukraine's former premier Yulia Tymoshenko still believes that the elections were fixed

* UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised efforts by Russia and the U.S. to agree on a new strategic arms reduction treaty

* The Greek parliament approved an austerity package of 4.8 billion euros ($6.55 billion) intended to reduce the country's overlarge foreign debt and help overcome escalating economic crisis

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Russia's "political stability" gave it an advantage over Ukraine, which has lurched from one crisis to another in recent years

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said the controversy over his predecessor's naming a onetime Nazi collaborator a national hero would be settled before this year's Victory Day

* Tajik ruling People's Democratic Party led by President Emomali Rakhmon has received 54 of the 63 seats in the Parliament after elections on February 28, Tajik Central Election Commission said

* Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the United States shortly after a U.S. congressional panel supported a bill recognizing mass killings of Armenians by Turkish troops in the beginning of the 20th century as an act of genocide


* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his new Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych promised a big improvement in ties between Moscow and Kiev

* The Russian government ruled out establishing a state monopoly for alcohol production, a first deputy premier said

* Russia's sports ministry responded to the country's Olympic failure by creating a new deputy minister post "personally responsible" for the training of athletes for the Sochi 2014 Games

* Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for an improvement in Russian-Ukrainian economic relations

* Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for an investigation into the use of funds allocated for preparations for the Vancouver Games, saying the failure cannot be explained merely by biased judging

* Moscow said it linked the improvement of soured relations with Tbilisi to 'realistically minded' political figures in Georgia

* Russia is not planning to build up its strategic potential, but will keep its nuclear weapons, President Dmitry Medvedev said

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