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Putin Tells U.S. Leaders Not Nice to Read Others' Mail

Published: April 14, 2014 (Issue # 1805)




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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called Washingtons reaction to his letter to European leaders on Ukraine strange, adding its not nice to read others mail.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US was the first to react to Putins letter on the Ukraine crisis, sent to 18 European heads of state on Thursday.

An official representative from the State Department said that Russia should not politicize gas deals with Ukraine, it should support the price market, Lavrov said, adding the State Department called this gas blackmail.

Lavrov said Putins letter on the situation in Ukraine was taken seriously by its addressees.

They promised to study it quickly and prepare a reaction.

In the letter, the Russian leader voiced concerns about Ukraines debt crisis that might lead to default and disrupt Russian gas supplies to Europe.

He further called for urgent consultations at the ministerial level in order to work out concerted actions to stabilize Ukraines economy.

The Russian president painted a bleak picture of Ukraines economy, saying the country is steadfastly heading toward default because of its unbalanced trade with Europe.

Russian energy giant Gazprom will be compelled to switch over to prepaid gas deliveries to Ukraine or completely cut off natural gas supplies, should Kiev further violate its terms of payment, he told European leaders.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburgs answer to the United States popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genres authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBAs newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is Handmade in Germany, an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during todays Djembe and Vuvuzela, a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of todays round table discussion on Interaction with Trade Unions being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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