-Russians are welcome to Norway, the Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion said when presenting the new Norwegian white paper on work immigration today. The new Norwegian legislation might mark a historic point in Norwegian-Russian cross-border relations
Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Stubb, believes in a free trade area, in which goods would move between Russia and the EU without tariffs. - I am the generation for whom there has been a Russia. I remember the Soviet Union mainly as a magnificent hockey team, with CCCP written on their shirts, says Stubb and underlines that his personal goal is to link Russia more closely to the European system.
In his inauguration speech today, Dmitrii Medvedev highlighted that peoples freedom, the rule of law, economic prospering and the development of civil society will be main keywords for his presidential rule.
In the aftermath of the recent NATO summit in Bucharest, there is a growing sense in the European policy community that the continent needs to effectively deal with its biggest neighbour Russia, EUobserver.com reports.
The new Russian government appears set to put new emphasis on the development of nuclear power. Sergei Shmatko, head of a company that builds nuclear reactors worldwide, was yesterday approved as the countrys new energy minister.
Most of the officials in the Russian presidential administration will remain in their posts under new president Dmitrii Medvedev. The few new faces in the administration either come from Gazprom or from the former government.