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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* The European Union will not intervene in the gas dispute between Russia and Belarus, the president of the European parliament said

* Russia will be responsible for the consequences caused by its failure to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran, the Islamic Republic's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said

* Despite Belarus's decision to block gas transit through its territory, Russian state-run gas giant Gazprom will completely satisfy European and Kaliningrad customers' gas demands, an official Gazprom representative said

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said the disputes over gas payment debts between Russian state-run gas giant Gazprom and Belarus have turned into a 'gas war'

* Gazprom will ensure that its European consumers are not affected if Belarus carries out threats to use gas from its transit pipeline for its own needs, Gazprom deputy chairman Alexander Medvedev said

* Belarus is threatening to take gas from its transit pipeline for its own needs following a cut in Russian gas supplies over Belarusian debts, a Gazprom spokesman said

* Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom cut its supplies to Belarus further, to 30 percent from a previous 15 percent over debts, Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller said

* With all the ballots counted, acting Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski has gained 41,54% of the vote in the country's presidential elections and will face a runoff against his main opponent Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the country's National Election Commission has said

RUSSIA

* The situation in the North Caucasus remains "most serious and most delicate", the PACE rapporteur said during the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)'s plenary session

* The Russian Trade Minister told the court hearing a case against former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky that he knows nothing about the theft of millions of tons of oil, of which the former tycoon is accused

* The Russian Health Ministry plans to encourage entrepreneurial activity and mobility among Russia's millions of unemployed, business daily Kommersant said

BUSINESS

* Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Azarov agreed to discuss energy cooperation in Moscow next Monday, a spokesman for the Russian premier said

* Silicon Valley could be useful for Russia as an example of the ways in which Russia can modernize its economy, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said before setting off on a three day visit to the United States

 

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