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Russian Delegation Rejected From German Missile Conference

Published: May 31, 2014 (Issue # 1813)



  • A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its silo during an emplacement at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska.
    Photo: U.S. Army / Flickr

The Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that a Russian delegation has been barred from participating in an annual international conference on missile defense.

In a statement released on its website, the ministry lamented the fact that the halt in Russia's political and military exchanges on missile defense issues with its Western partners seemed to have spread to industry and expert circles. The statement said the event's organizers had turned down the Russian delegation because of "various recent complications" and the lack of "the necessary conditions for hosting Russian guests."

Slamming the rejection as an "ostrich approach" to resolving issues, the statement warned that such lack of dialogue was "fraught with violations of strategic balance and the disruption of international stability."

The 10th annual international conference on missile defense, which will be held in Mainz, Germany, from June 17 to 20, will host government officials, scholars and military industry representatives who work on missile defense issues.

Russia's Foreign Ministry claimed that it has repeatedly tried to engage its foreign colleagues on missile defense and related security issues but that its partners have "completely refused to talk."

"This situation only confirms our conclusions about the real purpose of the anti-missile potential being created by the United States and its allies," the statement said.





 


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Thursday, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


The Women’s Business Club is hosting a Beauty Brunch where participants are invited to discuss the latest news in the beauty industry and listen to lectures by professional stylists in the business.



Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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