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    The Russian Information Agency Novosti begins hotline coverage for Tuesday, February 10, 2004.


    * Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili will arrive in Moscow on a two-day routine visit.

    * The Russian Government House will host a regular session of the Council of Ministers of Russia-Belarus Union. State Secretary of the Union Pavel Borodin will deliver a report on the top-priority issues of the development of the union state. The council will also consider the balance of the union's fuel and energy resources for 2004 and other issues.

    * ITAR-TASS will host a press conference with Moscow region governor, Hero of the Soviet Union, General Boris Gromov on the 15th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan.

    * Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher will start his visit to Moscow scheduled for February 10-12.

    * The committee of Russia's financial monitoring will hold a meeting on CIS cooperation on countering money laundering and terrorist financing.

    * Chairman of the State Duma international affairs committee Konstantin Kosachev will hold a press conference on the highlights of Russia's foreign policy in 2004.

    * The Russian Information Agency Novosti will host a press conference on the return of refugees to Chechnya with chairwoman of the Russian President's commission for human rights Ella Pamfilova and Svetlana Gannushkina, a member of this commission.

    * The Independent press center will host a press conference "Russia-Georgia: is it possible to turn over a new leaf?" It is timed to Georgian President's Mikhail Saakashvili's visit to Russia.

    * The House of Unions will host a session of the organizing committee of the Congress of the Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East dedicated to the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People ending in 2004.

    * Moscow will see a conference with representatives of international banks and corporations on the topic "Prospects for the development of Russian business in 2004-2008. Russian-Chinese rivalry: can the bear outdo the dragon?"

    * The Moscow Carnegie Center will host the presentation of a new book by Grigory Yavlinsky "Peripheral Capitalism" on Russia's modern economic system and vital problems of its public and political life.


    * Abkhaz-Georgian negotiations will be held on the initiative of Ms Haidi Tagliavini, the UN Secretary General's special envoy for Abkhaz settlement. The sides will consider security issues in the area of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict.


    * The 37th two-day meeting of the CIS and Baltic railway transport council will open in Riga.


    * The Vilnius Court will reconsider the case of the legality of the Kavkaz-center website activities in Lithuania. This is a website of Chechen separatists.


    Ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet under the flag of its commander, Admiral Viktor Fedotov will start an official friendly visit to South Korea (February 10-14). The visit is timed to the 100th anniversary of the defeat of the heroic cruiser Varyag and gunboat Koreyets in an unequal sea battle during the Russian-Japanese War (1904-1905).


    The 129th extraordinary conference of OPEC oil and energy ministers will open tomorrow. The forum will consider the situation on the world energy markets in the light of jump in crude oil prices. Russia's representatives were invited to the conference.

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