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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 Washington’s reaction to his letter to European leaders on Ukraine strange, adding “it’s not nice to read others’ mail.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US was the first to react to Putin’s 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 Putin’s 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 Ukraine’s 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 Ukraine’s economy.

The Russian president painted a bleak picture of Ukraine’s 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.





 


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Sunday, Jan. 25


Get out your running shoes for the 46th International Road of Life Marathon. Dedicated to the end of the blockade, three runs are offered — 5, 21 and 42 kilometer runs — starting in different places outside the city. Busses leave from 13/1 Arsenalnaya Naberezhny at 8 a.m. but check complete details and registration fees on www.newrunners.ru/race/doroga-zhizni-2015



If you are planning a wedding, head over to the Azimut Hotel, 43/1 Lermontovsky Prospekt from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day includes live music, free dance classes and vendors selling wedding dresses, accessories, cakes and services to help make your special day perfect. Admission is free.



Monday, Jan. 26


Feeling stressed by the crisis? The Northwest Coach University at 3 Ulitsa Vostsstanaya is hosting a master class by lifecoach Tatiana Almazova. She will shed light on the coaching process, the usefulness of coaching during times of economic downturn and how coaching can improve your career and business prospects. The event starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Pre-register by calling 424 3700.



Discover the State Hermitage Museum's collection of English painting at a lecture by art historian Yelizaveta Renne at the Prince Galitzine Library, 46 Nab. Reki Fontanki. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the lecture will be followed by a concert of arias, songs and duets by English composer Henry Purcell. The event is free of charge.



Tuesday, Jan. 27


Celebrate the 71st anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad on Palace Square with a free concert at 7 p.m. Listen to WWII-era songs and the poetry of Olga Bergholz while you peruse outdoor exhibitions dedicated to life during wartime. The event is capped off by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.



Stop by the Lexica School of Foreign Languages at 73 Ligovsky Prospekt from now until Friday for a free English lesson. The classes start at 7 p.m. and cover all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. Registration by telephone on 7641692 and a desire to improve your skills are the only prerequisites.







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