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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

- Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has appealed to the US and Iraq to find a political solution for the problem. He declared that Russia if firmly opposed to the use of force against Iraq as well as to any military actions from the Iraqi side.

- Presidential Aide Marshal Yevgeny Shaposhnikov has said that a unique system of controlling air traffic has been created in Russia. Operators immediately receive information about any airplane or helicopter that experiences problems. The aircraft is then shown on a separate screen or three-dimensional wall map. Cameras allow the operators to see whats going on onboard the plane; they can also maintain constant telephone connection with the pilots.

- The president of Boeings regional Russian office, Sergei Kravchenko, announced that, despite the crisis the US aviation sector is experiencing, the Boeing Corporation will continue to expand cooperation with Russian airplane manufacturers. Boeings latest development, the 777-300, is one third Russian-designed. There are 362 Russian engineers working in Boeings Moscow center.

- Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and signed nine agreements, including an agreement on the Russian-Ukrainian border. The presidents also discussed cooperation in the energy sphere and the creation of a Russian-Ukrainian consortium.

- While in Kyiv, Putin also met with other Commonwealth of Independent States leaders. The most anticipated meeting, due to the complex relations between the two nations, is Putins meeting with Georgian President Eduard Shevarnadze. President Putin congratulated Shevarnadze on his recent 75th birthday and noted that he had personally pushed Gazprom to liquidate the recent accident along the pipelines in North Ossetia as quickly as possible. The presidents also discussed the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and the Russian peacekeepers in Georgia.

- A separate meeting was attended by President Putin and the presidents of the three Transcaucasian states.

- Putin also met one on one with Moldavian President Vladimir Voronin and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov.

- KamAZ Director Pavel Poltorykhin announced that, due to increased orders, the automobile factory will not face mandatory vacations.

- The first-ever womens automobile race will be held in Moscow on 7-9 February. After the race, each competitor will have to change into an evening gown and sing a song to a traffic officer.

- The Ministry of Atomic Energy will finance a project for the creation of complex nuclear and hydroelectric power plants.

- Doctor Yuri Gorbatov has received the Surgeon of the Year award.

- Over 33,000 people died in car accidents in Russia in 2002. The total number of accidents registered was over 180,000, 12% more than last year.

- The Ob City Court has ruled that air traffic controllers have no right to strike.

- The First All-Russian Lawyers Congress will be held in Moscow on 31 January. The goal of the congress is the organization of a Federal Chambers of Lawyers of the Russian Federation, the acceptance of the Chambers Charter and the election of its Council. The delegates will also approve a Code of Professional Ethics.

- Russian Agriculture Minister Aleksei Gordeev declared that Russia is limiting the import of meat in 2003 to protect the domestic producers. The import of poultry will be cut by 30%, the import of beef by 16% and the import of pork by 22%.

- The dacha of poet Andrei Voznesensky was robbed last night.

- The Gypsy Kings will give two concerts in Moscow.

- The US administration is reviewing the question of including Chechen extremists on the list of international terrorist organizations.

- Representatives of the Russian and Lithuanian Interior Ministry discussed the visa regime for Kaliningrad residents.

- A man accused of butchering 6 out of 14 residents of a village in the Vladimir Oblast has been detained.

- It will be possible to cross Russia by car once the Chita-Khabarovsk highway is completed. This project is at the top of the agenda for the Russian Transportation Ministry.

- French film star Pierre Richard, a guest at the Spirit of Fire Film Festival in Khanty-Mansiisk, has said that he would love to play a role in a Russian film.

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