Κυριακή, 2 Νοεμβρίου 2008

Libya and Russia in "nuclear deal" !!

Libya and Russia 'in nuclear deal'
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2008/11/20081124572413465.html
Libya and Russia have signed a deal on civil nuclear co-operation during a visit to Moscow by Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan president, Tripoli's foreign minister has said. Although Russian officials have not confirmed that a deal has been signed, Abdelrahman Chalgham said the agreement was reached at talks on Saturday. "A co-operation agreement was signed in the area of the peaceful use of civilian nuclear, particularly in the design and construction of reactors and the supply of nuclear fuel," Chalgham, who is accompanying Gaddafi on his trip, said. During his visit, Gaddafi met Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's president, and Vladimir Putin, the country's prime minister, for talks that are believed to have focused on energy and arms purchases.
'Energy deal'
The nuclear co-operation deal extends to the use of nuclear technology in medicine and nuclear waste treatment, Chalgham said. The deal was signed by the head of Rosatom, Russia's atomic energy agency, and Libya's head of nuclear energy management, sources in the Libyan delegation said. But Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian government, said no agreement had been signed. Chalgham said that Tripoli and Moscow reached deals related to calls for the creation of a world body for gas-producing countries. Gaddafi had earlier said that Libya and Russia should work together on shared energy interests. "Co-operation in the gas and oil sphere is extremely important now," Gaddafi told Medvedev. "We will discuss economic issues and coordination in the foreign-policy sphere, matters which are very important at the moment," Medvedev said.
'Military agreements'
During talks with Putin, Gaddafi said: "The development of our bilateral relations is a positive factor for the international situation... It contributes to the re-establishment of geopolitical equilibrium." There have been several reports that Russia is in interested in building a nuclear power plant in Libya. Russian newspapers have also reported that that Moscow and Tripoli are examining a deal to upgrade Libya's Soviet-era military arsenal. Libya may offer to host a Russian naval base at the Mediterranean port of Benghazi, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on Friday. "The Russian military presence will be a guarantee of non-aggression against Libya from the United States," it said. Libya could buy more than $2bn of Russian arms, including surface-to-air missiles, tanks and fighter aeroplanes, the Russian news agency Interfax reported on Friday, citing a Russian defence industry source.
The talks come amid improving relations between Russia and Libya, which in 2003 renounced weapons of mass destruction and took responsibility for the bombing of a passenger aircraft over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, in which 270 people were killed. Libyan sources in Moscow say that Gaddafi is expected to visit Ukraine and Belarus after his trip to the Russian capital.
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Russia seeking to improve ties with Libya to restore influence
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-12/25/content_7312617.htm TUNIS, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to Libya has been widely regarded as one of Moscow's important steps to catch up with the West in efforts to restore its influence in the North African country. Lavrov's two-day trip that ended Monday seeks to make arrangements for a possible visit to Libya by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a letter extended to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Putin expressed his willingness to visit the country, saying that Moscow is ready to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields. Tripoli welcomed the letter and expects Putin's visit. The move is widely believed to be a signal of Russia's efforts to warm up its cooled ties with Libya in a bid to regain its influence in the country. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia lost its past glories overnight, resulting in a severe deterioration of its ties with Libya, which was an important ally of the former Soviet Union and a traditional buyer of its arms. Lavrov admitted that bilateral ties have been in stagnation for some time and said the current level of bilateral ties is incompatible with their cooperative traditions. Libya, long accused by the West of backing terrorism, has been trying to rebuild normal relations with western countries after renouncing terrorism and nuclear weapons. The West also intends to resume ties with Libya, eyeing its abundant oil reserves and potential as a market. Furthermore, Libya's role in Africa and the Middle East has improved since the United Nations lifted sanctions against it, and its role will be further enhanced after Jan. 1, 2008, when it becomes a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Lavrov pinned great hopes on his visit, saying both countries have the sincere wish to promote bilateral ties. Both the Russian and Libyan governments are hoping to upgrade relations and are willing to devote themselves to enhancing cooperation in various fields, he told reporters on Monday. Lavrov said both sides expect to sign cooperation agreements in military techniques, investment protection and avoidance of dual taxation. According to sources from the Russian delegation, Russia has agreed to provide help to Libya in its pursuit of civilian nuclear development and both sides hope to sign such an agreement. Analysts said Russia will comprehensively resume its ties with Libya if Putin succeeds in setting foot in the country. What follows, they said, will be fierce contention between Russia and the West in Libya and the region at large.

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