MOSCOW, January 30th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Russia's Unified Energy Systems (UES) is considering participation in a joint project to lay underwater wire to Estonia for electricity transmission to Finland. Deputy Chairman of Russia's Unified Energy Systems' Board Yakov Urinson said this at the Russia and Baltics in Greater Europe economic forum.
He did not specify the cost of the project and Russia's share in it.
According to Urinson, "Russia's Unified Energy Systems is not conducting trade with Estonia, and electric power transit via Estonia's power grid amounted to 640 million kilowatt hour in 2003."
The ongoing shifts on the Western political arena may open a window of opportunity for Russia to restore its relations with Europe and the US. For its part, Russia offers the EU to take part in Eurasian integration initiatives.
The shock decision by French President Francois Hollande not to stand for a second term - a first in the history of the Fifth Republic - was the inevitable result of his record unpopularity, failure to turn round the economy but - most of all - the preservation of his own dignity, Sputnik has been told.
The US embassy in Ankara appeared anxious about its bilateral relations on Thursday, when it tweeted a photo of crowds greeting former US President Dwight Eisenhower in Turkey after seeing the warm welcome received by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on his visit to the country.
The world's most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, said Amnesty International (AI) in a new report.
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