Παρασκευή, 5 Δεκεμβρίου 2008

Russia to Deploy No Military Bases in Cuba, Venezuela

Russia to Deploy No Military Bases in Cuba, Venezuela
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia sees no need to establish permanent bases in Cuba and Venezuela. Putin made the respective statement during his annual TV question-and-answer session with the nation. But Russia may use the military infrastructure of those states if needed, Putin pointed out. “We have agreements with Venezuela’s leadership. I think Cuba’s authorities won’t refuse. If necessary, we will be able to use ports of those states for filling up our warships with foodstuff, for their refueling,” Putin said. Russia may do it not only in the ports of those two countries but also in the ports of other states, the prime minister specified. “I want to reveal a terrible military secret. Once we announced that our warships would go to Venezuela to take part in the joint exercise, we received many inquires,” the prime minister said, pointing out he was very much astonished by it.
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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II Died Dec 5
Head of Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexiy II of Moscow and All Russia has died this morning in the Moscow Region’s Peredelkino residence,
RBC reported citing the news service of Moscow Patriarchate. The Church hasn’t commented on the death of Alexiy II. Presumably, it was caused by the heart attack. Besides, the patriarch was suffering from cancer, according to the sources.On December 4, Patriarch Alexiy II officiated at the service in Moscow Kremlin’s Uspensky Cathedral. He congratulated all Christians with the start of the Advent, saying he wished it would be the time of spiritual growth, the time of testing the course of life to prepare for the Christmas celebration with dignity. Patriarch of Moscow and of All-Russia and the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Alexiy II (Alexei Rediger) was born February 23, 1929 in Estonia’s capital Tallinn. His father Mikhail was the priest at Tallinn Orthodox Church and chaired the Diocesan Council. Alexei Rediger became a deacon in 1950 and was soon consecrated a priest. He was Metropolitan of Novgorod and Leningrad from 1986 until his election as Patriarch. After the death of Patriarch Pimen I in 1990 Alexiy was chosen to become the new Patriarch of The Russian Orthodox ChurchAlexiy II led Russian Orthodox Church towards the major religious revival in the country and towards the unification with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Lots of churches were opened in his time.The Holy Synod of Russian Orthodox Church convenes an extraordinary sitting in Moscow December 6. The members of the Synod that are in Moscow now will meet already today.Alexiy II was the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and of All-Russia and the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Led by the olderst hierarch of Russia’s Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev, the Church Council will elect a new patriarch no later than next May.

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