WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to travel to St. Petersburg next week, a visit that follows recent talks between U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Mexico.
The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that Clinton will attend a meeting of Asia-Pacific foreign ministers in St. Petersburg on June 28. Clinton also will hold private talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that will likely focus on the crisis in Syria and efforts to get Iran to comply with international demands on its nuclear program.
Clinton’s visit was planned before Monday’s Obama-Putin meeting but she and Lavrov were expected to build on that discussion, which ended without apparent agreement on how to end continuing violence in Syria.
Clinton will visit Finland and Latvia before Russia.
St. Petersburg authorities abruptly ended a previously authorized LGBT protest rally against homophobia and transphobia — described as Russia’s largest in the past few years — for alleged security reasons on Friday.Abrupt End for Approved Gay Rally
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The annual Korushka Festival was held on the weekend, marking the start of spring in St. Petersburg. Fans of the fish, more commonly known abroad as smelt, headed to the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex on Vasilievsky Island, where thousands of kilograms of the popular fish were prepared for visitors to devour.Local Fish Celebrated and Eaten
MOSCOW — Nestle Purina PetCare, a subsidiary of Nestle Russia, opened a $45 million line for pet food production in the Kaluga region last Thursday.Pet Food Profitable in Russia