Russian Premier Vladimir Putin may seek to regain public support after the biggest anti-government rallies in a decade by distancing himself from President Dmitry Medvedev, researchers from Berlin to Moscow said.
Russia’s proposal to combine its gas export monopoly, OAO Gazprom, with the Ukrainian state energy company is part of a strategy to lock in assets while Europe focuses on Greece, according to Alexander Rahr , a Russia expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations.
OAO Gazprom’s natural gas contracts are the focus of European Union antitrust investigators’ raids across central and eastern Europe that sought to uncover information on prices and supplies to customers.
President Dmitry Medvedev gets an opportunity today to lay out his vision for remaking Russia, after a summer in which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin dominated TV screens amid preparations for the 2012 presidential election.
The U.S. government said it rejects as illegitimate the re-election of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and “strongly condemns” a crackdown on demonstrators protesting the longtime leader’s return to office.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych visits Moscow tomorrow to spar over natural gas contracts as the two former Soviet states risk their third gas war in six years and another disruption to Europe’s supplies.
President Dmitry Medvedev defended Russian democracy, showing his allegiance to the political system that his predecessor and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin built during his eight-year presidency.