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Main news of June 17

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave instructions to help Uzbekistan accept refugees from neighboring Kyrgyzstan hit by interethnic violence, the president's spokeswoman said

* The main contenders for the Polish presidency paid tribute to late president Lech Kaczynski ahead of the June 20 presidential elections

* The Russian Foreign Ministry called 'disappointing' plans by the United States and European Union to impose new sanctions against Iran, in addition to those approved by the UN last week

* The British envoy in Tehran was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry over suspected links of British nationals with an Iranian extremist organization

* Finnish authorities will adhere to the Strasbourg Court's decision that prohibited to deport a disabled woman back to Russia, a spokeswoman for Finnish embassy in Russia said

* The real death toll from interethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan has exceeded 1,800, nearly 10 times higher than the official figures, a secret service source said

RUSSIA

* Gazprom may cut 85% of gas deliveries to Belarus from June 21 due to outstanding debts, the Russian energy giant's CEO Alexei Miller said

* The trade-restricting Jackson-Vanik amendment hinders the development of Russian-U.S. ties, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said

* Russia's fifth generation fighter will be about three times as cheap as its foreign analog, Putin said

BUSINESS

* Russian oil company Rosneft and U.S. energy giant Chevron Corp. signed an agreement on jointly developing a Black Sea shelf section

* Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom and Germany's Siemens AG signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in liquefied natural gas (LNG) production

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