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Main News of March 2

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Main News of March 2 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Georgia will not restore diplomatic relations with Russia as long as Moscow recognizes the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Deputy Georgian Foreign Minister Sergei Kapanadze said

* The European Union declared the Syrian National Council as a “legitimate representative of Syrians”

* Current treaties do not oblige Russia to offer military assistance to Syria in case of intervention, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said

* Iranians are going to the polls on Friday to elect 290 members of the country's parliament, the Majlis, al Jazeera television reported


* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a bill stipulating life sentences for selling drugs in especially large quantities, the president said

* Three presidential candidates, current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, billionaire independent presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov and A Just Russia party candidate Sergei Mironov, urged Russians to come to polling stations and cast their vote in Sunday’s presidential elections

* The Japanese government dropped the somewhat provocative wording, "illegal occupation," for its territorial dispute with Russia over the Kuril islands, Japan's Sankei newspaper reported

* In an interview with six foreign newspapers, Russian prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has promised to continue liberal reforms in Russia if elected president


* VTB 24, the retail banking arm of Russia's second largest lender VTB, blocked accounts of the Iranian embassy staff in Moscow after an order from the bank's top managers, Iran's Ambassador to Russia Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said


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