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November 09, 2018 19:05

Daily Headline News for November 9, 2018

Digest of headline news as of 7:05 p.m. Moscow time on November 9:

BUSINESS & FINANCE

*** RUSSIAN INFLATION TO BE 3.7%-3.8% IN 2018, HIGHER THAN FORECAST- ECON MINISTRY

Russian inflation in 2018 will exceed the forecast rate of 3.4% and amount to 3.7%-3.8% at the current ruble exchange rate, the Economic Development Ministry reported.

In November and December the ministry expects prices to increase 0.4%-0.5% a month.

*** KAZAKH-RUSSIAN TRADE IN 2018 MAY REACH $18 BLN - NAZARBAYEV

Bilateral trade between Kazakhstan and Russia exceeded $11 billion in January-August and may reach $18 billion by the end of the year, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at a plenary session of the two countries' interregional cooperation forum.

"Today we have a clear-cut pattern of cooperation in almost all sectors of the economy. We're actively interact in multilateral formats within the Eurasian Economic Union, the CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization], the UN, the CIS, the SCO [Shanghai Cooperation Organization], the OSCE, and other international organizations. The Russian Federation is our strategic ally and our crucial trade and economic partner. Our mutual trade topped $11 billion in the first eight months of the year and is expected to reach $18 billion by the end of this year. And our goal is to reach $20 billion in the not-too-distant future," Nazarbayev said.

*** PUTIN WANTS TO DEVELOP RUSSIAN-KAZAKH COOPERATION IN TOURISM

Russia and Kazakhstan are broadening cooperation in tourism.

"Our situation is developing quite positively. Mutual trade is growing. Kazakhstan is our second largest trade and economic partner in the CIS after Belarus. This pace is very good: our experts believe that Kazakhstan has every chance to reach first place, especially as we have very multifaceted relations in the economy: high technology, including space, and hydrocarbons, and transport, and now let's add tourism, the potential of which is highly important for Kazakhstan and Russia," Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday.

*** RUSSIAN-SERBIAN TRADE MAY EXCEED $2 BLN THIS YEAR - RUSSIAN DEPUTY PM BORISOV

Russia considers Serbia a strategic partner in Europe, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said.

"Our relations have traditionally developed in a spirit of mutual trust and many-sided cooperation. Serbia has always been and remains a strategic partner of Russia in the Balkans and in Europe," Borisov said at a meeting with Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic in Belgrade on Friday.

"Mutual trade indicators say a lot. Russia is Serbia's third-largest foreign trading partner in terms of trade turnover," the Russian deputy prime minister said.

*** SERBIA'S INVOLVEMENT IN TURKSTREAM PROJECT COULD BE SEALED DURING PUTIN VISIT TO BELGRADE IN JAN

Documents regarding Serbia's involvement in the continuation of the TurkStream gas pipeline could be signed during the Russian president's visit to Belgrade in January, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said.

"As regards TurkStream, we have a road map, according to which we are moving. I am hoping that certain agreements, as and when they are ready, could with high probability be signed during our president's visit to Serbia," Borisov told reporters, when asked the relevant question following a meeting in Belgrade with Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

*** COOPERATION IN ENERGY, INCLUDING NUCLEAR, MAY BE DISCUSSED DURING PUTIN'S SERBIA VISIT IN JAN - BORISOV

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit Serbia in January, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said.

"We consider today's talks an important stage in the preparations for Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Serbia, which is scheduled for January," Borisov said while meeting with Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic in Belgrade on Friday.

"We have an opportunity to discuss in detail key issues of Russian-Serbian cooperation in energy, transport, infrastructure, industry, and the global use of nuclear energy, which may be included in the agenda of the meeting between the two countries' presidents," Borisov said.

*** MINFIN TO ONLY INCREASE OFZ OFFERING ONCE UNCERTAINTY, EXPECTATIONS OF PREMIUMS SUBSIDE

The Russian Finance Ministry hopes to move away for the practice of cancelling auctions for federal loan bonds (OFZ); in difficult situations, the ministry will try to offer at least the minimum possible amount of bonds, the head of the Finance Ministry's debt department Konstantin Vyshkovsky told Interfax. At the same time, the ministry would like to bring weekly placement volumes back up to their previous level, but will only increase offerings if it sees acceptable prices on the market.

At the moment, Vyshkovsky said, the market is still attempting to engage in dumping practices and "suppress" OFZ prices at a lower level, however, the Finance Ministry will adhere to the goal of only giving technical premiums at auctions and will try to curb attempts by market participants to sell "short", capitalizing on a decline in prices.

*** SAUDI ARAMCO HOPING TO REACH AGREEMENT WITH NOVATEK SHORTLY ON ARCTIC LNG 2 ACQUISITION

Saudi Aramco head Amin Nasser will conduct negotiations with Novatek chief Leonid Mikhelson on Friday regarding the acquisition of a stake in the Arctic LNG 2 project, Nasser told reporters.

Nasser said he was hopeful an agreement would be signed as soon as possible.

"We will be discussing that [Arctic LNG 2]. We'll [be] negotiating all of these opportunities and one of them is LNG-2 of Novatek," Nasser said, when asked whether he planned to discuss the purchase of a stake in Arctic LNG 2 with Mikhelson on Friday.

*** NOVATEK, TOTAL INTERESTED IN UPSTREAM PROJECTS IN UZBEKISTAN

Uzbekneftegaz acting board chairman Bahrom Ashrafhanov held talks with officials from French Total E&P Activites Petrolieres and Russian Novatek, the Uzbek company said in a press release.

"At present, Uzbekistan's oil and gas sector is undergoing an extensive transformation. Particular stress is being laid on the expansion geological exploration work in the country using cutting-edge methods for hydrocarbon prospecting and oil and gas field construction. In this context, cooperation with the leading international companies is strengthening," the company said.

POLITICS & SOCIETY

*** SERBIA LOOKING FORWARD TO PUTIN'S VISIT IN JAN - MINISTER

Serbia is looking forward to Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Belgrade in mid-January, Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said.

"Mr. President Putin's visit to Serbia is scheduled for mid-January. We can't talk about particular dates until all of this is agreed upon in detail between the two parties," Dacic said following a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov in Belgrade.

*** LAVROV SAYS UNPLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY REPORTS OF SUSPECTED RUSSIAN SPY'S DETENTION IN AUSTRIA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he was unpleasantly surprised by reports of the detention of a man suspected of spying for Russia in Austria.

"I just found out about it before the beginning of the meeting, and, frankly speaking, I am unpleasantly surprised by this information," Lavrov said at a briefing following talks with his Comorian counterpart.

He said he regrets that the Austrian side has chosen the path of "megaphone diplomacy" instead of requesting relevant information from the Russian authorities.

*** KABUL, TALIBAN REPS' ATTENDANCE AT MOSCOW MEETING SHOULD HELP LAUNCH INTRA-AFGHAN DIALOGUE - LAVROV

The fact that Kabul's delegation and representatives of the Taliban movement (a terrorist organization, banned in Russia) are attending Friday's meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow should help create conditions for the start of a direct intra-Afghan dialogue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"Their participation in today's event should become an important contribution to the creation of favorable conditions for the launch of direct talks between the government, the Taliban movement and representatives of the wide range of the country's social and political circles," Lavrov said when opening the meeting.

"Russia, as the organizer of this session, sees its role in working together with Afghanistan's regional partners and friends who have gathered at this table today to extend all possible assistance to facilitate the start of a constructive intra-Afghan dialogue," the minister said.

*** CANCELLATION OF AUSTRIAN FM'S RUSSIA VISIT TO HURT COUNTRIES' RELATIONS - STATE DUMA MEMBER

The cancellation of the Austrian foreign minister's visit will hurt Russian-Austrian relations, Deputy Chair of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Alexei Chepa said.

"We have recently had working, businesslike relations, and any such actions by the Austrian Foreign Ministry will not promote friendly relations between our countries," Chepa told Interfax.

*** MOSCOW STANDS FOR ONE AND UNDIVIDED AFGHANISTAN, IT MEETS AFGHAN PEOPLE'S INTERESTS - LAVROV

Russia wants Afghanistan to stay a united and undivided country in which all of its ethnic groups would live side by side peacefully, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow on Friday.

"Russia stands for preserving the one and undivided Afghanistan, in which all of the ethnic groups that inhabit this country would live side by side peacefully and happily," the Russian minister said.

Lavrov said he is confident that this approach "is also shared by the other participants in the Moscow format and that everyone is guided by the core national interests of the Afghan people."

*** RUSSIAN INDUSTRY AND TRADE MINISTRY DENIES U.S. CLAIMS OF VIOLATING CHEMICAL ARMS NORMS

The accusations made by the U.S. Department of State that Russia is not observing norms of chemical-weapons control constitute illegal pressure, the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry said.

"The Russian Federation regards the 'conclusions' drawn by U.S. Department of State officials on our country's non-observance of international legislation on chemical-weapons control, which prohibits the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, as an unbridled wish to distract from their own internal contradictions," the ministry said on Friday.

"Russia is closely observing the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention and has fulfilled its obligations to fully destroy its declared chemical weapons arsenals under the strict oversight of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)," it said.

*** ARMENIAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT FINDS LAW OBSTRUCTING EARLY ELECTIONS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

The Armenian Constitutional Court has found the Law on the National Assembly's Rules of Procedure passed by the parliament on October 2, which complicates the dissolution of the parliament and the holding of early parliamentary elections, as unconstitutional.

President Armen Sarkissian officially asked the Constitutional Court to analyze the legislation's constitutionality on October 23.

*** KAZAKH-RUSSIAN TRADE IN 2018 MAY REACH $18 BLN - NAZARBAYEV

Bilateral trade between Kazakhstan and Russia exceeded $11 billion in January-August and may reach $18 billion by the end of the year, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at a plenary session of the two countries' interregional cooperation forum.

"Today we have a clear-cut pattern of cooperation in almost all sectors of the economy. We're actively interact in multilateral formats within the Eurasian Economic Union, the CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization], the UN, the CIS, the SCO [Shanghai Cooperation Organization], the OSCE, and other international organizations. The Russian Federation is our strategic ally and our crucial trade and economic partner. Our mutual trade topped $11 billion in the first eight months of the year and is expected to reach $18 billion by the end of this year. And our goal is to reach $20 billion in the not-too-distant future," Nazarbayev said.

*** RAHMON CALLS FOR FURTHER REINFORCING TAJIK-AFGHAN BORDER

Growing threats to stability and security in countries located in the area of engagement of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) highlight the need for the organization's member countries to step up their integration in countering negative elements of the present-day world, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said at a meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Astana.

According to his press service, Rahmon expressed concern over the increase in drug trafficking and the difficult military-political situation in Afghanistan.

*** AFGHANISTAN HIGH PEACE COUNCIL HASN'T AGREED ON DIRECT TALKS WITH TALIBAN - DELEGATION HEAD

The Afghanistan High Peace Council and the Taliban (banned in Russia) have not yet agreed on direct talks, the head of the Council's delegation at talks in Moscow, Haji Din Mohammad, said.

"Not so far. We agreed at this conference that another meeting [in the Moscow Format] will take place," Mohammad said.

Russia has invited all participants to hold another round of consultations in this format, but "the date and time have not yet been determined," he said.

*** TALIBAN WANTS TALKS WITH U.S., NOT WITH KABUL - DELEGATION HEAD

The Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) want talks not with the Afghan government, but with the United States, Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai, the head of a Taliban delegation to consultations in Moscow, said on Friday.

"This conference was not devoted to direct negotiations," Stanikzai told journalists following the talks.

"First of all, we do not recognize the incumbent government as legitimate. Therefore, we won't hold negotiations with it. Kabul didn't even send a representative to this conference," he said.

*** RUSSIA NOT SUPPLYING TALIBAN WITH WEAPONS - REP

The United States' accusations that Russia is supplying weapons to the Taliban are unfounded, Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai, the head of the delegation of the Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) to consultations in Moscow, said on Friday.

"We maintain relations with the Russian Federation, but this doesn't mean that Russia is supplying weapons to the Taliban. I completely dismiss these accusations, these statements are untrue," Stanikzai told journalists in reply to a question from Interfax following the talks.

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