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Main news of April 14

A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* The interim government of Kyrgyzstan, which came to power during last week's riots, was boosted with offers of support from Russia and the United States.

* The Russian embassy in Kyrgyzstan is concerned over increasing interethnic tensions threatening the safety of Russian citizens, an embassy diplomat said on Wednesday.

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev blamed the Kyrgyz authorities for failing to prevent the unrest in the country and said the Central Asian country was on the verge of civil war.

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday he is ready to submit the new arms reduction treaty to parliament for ratification in the beginning of May should his counterpart Barack Obama do the same in the United States.

* A Russian-U.S. inter-parliamentary group will meet in Washington on April 18-22 to discuss the ratification of a new strategic arms reduction treaty.

* NATO's secretary-general reiterated his call for closer cooperation with Russia on the issue of the European missile defense.

* Russia is counting on the support of the U.S. over the issue of its entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO), President Dmitry Medvedev told a leading U.S. think tank.

* Nicaragua and the former Georgian republic of South Ossetia have signed an agreement on the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.

* A U.S. frigate has arrived in Georgia's territorial waters to take part in joint exercises with the Georgian Coast Guard, a Georgian official said.

* Possible new sanctions against Iran should not affect the launch date for the country's first nuclear power plant, a senior Russian member of parliament said.

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Argentina on for the first top-level official visit in the history of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

* Russia is ready help China deal with the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that killed at least 400 people, President Dmitry Medvedev said.

* Arctic peoples and their cultural inheritance are vulnerable to rising global temperatures, the Russian president's adviser on climate change said at the Fifth Arctic Leaders' Summit in Moscow.

* Russia is prepared to help Afghanistan rebuild its economic infrastructure, Russia's drug control chief said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will attend the funeral of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, who died on Saturday in a plane crash in western Russia, the Kremlin announced


* The speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday proposed introducing a moratorium on adoptions of Russian children from abroad.

* Russians think that President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have almost equal chances of becoming the next Kremlin chief after the 2012 presidential election

* Russia will shut down on Thursday its last plutonium reactor, which has been producing weapon-grade plutonium at a formerly closed town in Siberia for more than 46 years.

* Russia's nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky arrived in Syria's Mediterranean port of Tartus ahead of Russian Navy drills in the Indian Ocean.

* The organizers of an international film festival in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg aim to create an alternative to the "pit bull fight" that surrounds the prestigious Cannes film festival.

* Russian Jews will establish a youth organization based in the Volga city of Ulyanovsk that could become the largest such group in the country


* Russia's preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are on schedule, with some 60 billion rubles due to be spent on them this year, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

* Russia's former WBA heavyweight world champion Nikolai Valuev will open a boxing school in the 2014 Olympic host city of Sochi, a city spokesperson said.

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