The Russian woman, who also wounded the officer’s mother, had been arrested, the statement said. Diplomatic sources in Libya said security guards fired shots to disperse a group of about 60 people who tried to storm the embassy on Wednesday. Russian agencies said the gunmen arrived in two vehicles before opening fire. The statement sought to underline cooperation by the two countries to reestablish Russia’s full diplomatic presence in Libya and reduce any long-term impact. CLAN DIVISIONS Clan and tribal rivalries, as well as Islamist groups, have flourished in the absence of strong central government in Libya. Security services have struggled to maintain order. Militant groups have staged a number of attacks on Western diplomats. Militants linked to al Qaeda affiliates attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012. “When Gaddafi was in charge, ties (between Libya and Russia) were good. He was buying our weapons and there was talk of a railroad being built,” said Moscow-based analyst Georgy Mirsky. Asked about the attack, he said: “This kind of thing happens all the time, there is no reason to exaggerate it.” Russia says it lost billions of dollars in arms deals after the fall of Gaddafi, who was captured and killed in October 2011 after months of civil war. The violence prompted Russian companies, which had pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Libya’s oil and natural gas sectors, to put their investments on hold.
Russia welcomes Olympic flame
Lakshmanan – 2013-10-07T02:58:24Z The U.S. and Russia agreed to update a 1987 accord aimed at reducing the risk of nuclear war to reflect changing technologies. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov signed the agreement on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali, Indonesia. Todays agreement adapts the original accord to todays reality, Lavrov said at a press conference with Kerry. The original agreement, which was signed with the Soviet Union, led to the creation of Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers in Washington and Moscow to provide time-sensitive communications required by arms control treaties and security agreements, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. With over 26 years experience, the Centers continue to support a robust array of conventional and strategic arms control treaties and agreements and confidence-building measures, the State Department said in the statement. To contact the reporter on this story: Indira A.R. Lakshmanan in Bali, Indonesia at firstname.lastname@example.org To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rosalind Mathieson at email@example.com
With a pale autumnal sun making its first appearance here in days behind him, Putin at last began the public celebrations in the run-up to Februarys Olympics. He had lobbied relentlessly to land them, has been closely involved in supervising their preparation and has gambled on their success as an affirmation of Russias return to greatness. As Putin walked to the stage before an assembled crowd of 1,000 or so, he appeared to be in an uncharacteristically sunny frame of mind. He smiled and waved genially, if not with any excessive enthusiasm, to the crowd. Russians have a talent for spectacle, and though the ceremony lasted just 22 minutes, it went full-bore all the way. The lyrics of the main song of greeting consisted almost entirely of the word Russia, repeated deeply and soulfully over and over. A huge screen showed photos of Russian nature and architecture in all their beauty. Not portrayed was an Arctic oil rig of the sort that provoked a protest by Greenpeace last month, which has resulted in criminal piracy charges against its international crew. Thats the sort of party-spoiling development that Russia would seem to be keen to avoid between now and the Games, but the threat of stiff criminal prosecution has instead aroused protest and some alarm abroad coming, as it does, on the heels of a new law widely seen in the West as aimed against gays and lesbians . At 5:12 p.m. the flame, which arrived in Russia from Greece aboard an Aeroflot flight, was transferred from its traveling lamp to a large torch on the Red Square stage. Putin, addressing the flame, offered it a welcome to his nation. He said he was sure it would bring luck to the Russians who see it.