Boris Vorobyov was yesterday approved as new first deputy governor of Murmansk Oblast. Discussions in the regional duma was heated ahead of the vote, with opposition parties arguing that Mr. Vorobyov had a criminal record.
This year’s EU-Russia Summit, the first with President Dmitri Medvedev, today started in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. One of the centrepieces of the Summit will be the official launch of negotiations on the new agreement with Russia.
“We, the leaders of the European Union and Russia, today started the negotiations on a new Russia-EU Agreement, which will replace the existing Partnership and Cooperation Agreement from 1997”, a joint statement from today’s EU-Russia summit reads.
Russia prepares to present an application to the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf when it next convenes in 2009, Russian law maker and Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov said last week. The bid includes control over a 1,2 million square kilometres part of the Arctic shelf