UPI Energy Watch

Turkey courts German firms; Japanese energy firms not overactive on oil supply route from Russia; Gazprom, Qatar Petroleum mull joint projects

Moscow praises N. Korea negotiations

MOSCOW, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Russia says progress last year in disabling nuclear facilities in North Korea sets the stage for further negotiations in 2008.

Atlantic Eye: Pakistan's drop to the abyss

MALMO, Sweden, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- "Musharraf will bring us to the brink," Pakistan's Ambassador Asif Ezdi said to me privately in Berlin in December 2002. I looked doubtfully at Ezdi. It was a year after Sept. 11; Musharraf was an ally of the United States. I did not recognize how prescient Ezdi's words would be.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Official: Russia helping Iran defend air

MOSCOW, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Russian deputy foreign minister said Thursday his country is helping Iran strengthen its air defenses.

Atlantic Eye: Leading by example

YEKATERINBURG, Russia, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- President Bush has advocated “creating democracy” world-wide. A meritorious goal, whose strategic implementation has been an abject failure.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Rumblings in Russia of U.S. strike on Iran

MOSCOW, April 5 (UPI) -- A Russian official denied Russian media rumors that the United States planned airstrikes on Iran's nuclear facilities Friday.

N. Korean talks stall again over banking

BEIJING, March 21 (UPI) -- For a second day, North Korea refused Wednesday to attend six-nation talks in Beijing on its nuclear program because funds haven't shown up in the bank.

Russia to write off most N. Korean debt

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Russia will write off most of North Korea's $8 billion debt regardless of Pyongyang's nuclear deal, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday.

North Korea nuclear talks falter

BEIJING, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Six-nation talks in Beijing aimed at disarming North Korea's nuclear weapons program faltered Sunday over North Korea's request for energy aid.

Russia urges U.S.: Ease N. Korea sanctions

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The chief Russian delegate to talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program said the United States should lift financial sanctions on Pyongyang.

Tokyo unveils monument to Anton Chekhov

TOKYO, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A monument to Russian playwright Anton Chekhov was unveiled in Tokyo Tuesday to mark the centenary of Chekhov's death, the Novosti news agency reported.

N. Korea nuke talks struggle over summary

BEIJING, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The six countries discussing North Korea's nuclear policy in Beijing were grappling Friday with issuing a joint statement on progress.

N. Korea blames U.S. for stalled talks

BEIJING, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- North Korea Thursday blamed the United States for a lack of progress in six-way talks to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Russian delegate: Nukes not discussed

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Russia's chief delegate to the Beijing talks on North Korea's nuclear program said Thursday the issue hasn't come up.

China active in N. Korea nuclear talks

BEIJING, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- China has taken an unusually active role in the six-nation nuclear talks with North Korea, reports said Wednesday.
Alexander Losyukov
MOS2000103003 - 30 OCTOBER 2000 - MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov, and North Korean Ambassador Pak Ul Chun, during their meeting, Monday, Oct. 30, 2000. Losyukov told Interfax that he and Pak Ul Chun signed Monday the protocol on the exchange of the ratification instruments of the Treaty of Friendship between Moscow and Pyongyang. .rw/ Maxim Marmur. UPI
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