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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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Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in “Downton Abbey” if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russia’s best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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