German and Russian leaders met on October 2 in St. Petersburg, with Russia seeking to demonstrate that business is back to usual in the wake of its war with Georgia.
MOSCOW (Reuters) -- A small Russian opposition party has decided to merge with two pro-Kremlin rivals, thinning the already sparse ranks of parties that are prepared to openly challenge Russia's powerful rulers.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has called on the government of Azerbaijan to demonstrate its commitment to democracy during the presidential election scheduled for October 15.
Russia hopes to deploy a new submarine-launched nuclear missile next year, underlining Moscow's determination to upgrade its nuclear strike forces, a senior defense official has been quoted as saying.
Senior German and Russian officials are meeting in St. Petersburg, with Russia seeking to show business is back to usual in the wake of the Georgia crisis.
Suicide bombers have struck Shi'ite worshippers gathering to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fasting month in Baghdad, killing 16 and wounding nearly 60, an Iraqi government security spokesman said.
Accession of Russia's neighbors Ukraine and Georgia to NATO could lead to deployment of tactical nuclear weapons on their territory and trigger a new arms race, the Kremlin's security chief said in an interview.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said the government would allot an extra 80 billion rubles ($3.13 billion) next year to buy new weapons and partly offset Moscow's losses during a brief war in Georgia.
Ukraine's antiaircraft units have held their first missile tests in the Crimea peninsula since a Russian passenger plane was shot down in 2001 and two of the latest tests went wrong.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has criticized the United States for what he said was the country's inability to deal with the financial crisis affecting the global economy.