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9 Sep, 2007 21:41

The Media Mirror – Today's Russian press review

APEC 2007 summit dominates the front pages of Russian newspapers. They give prominence to the results of climate change discussions, Russia-Australia agreement on atomic energy, and the bilateral meeting of Russian and American leaders.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta writes that this year weather talks are fashionable at world summits. Quite recently the climate change issue dominated the G8 summit. In Sydney, at the APEC meeting, it was also prominent. However, says the publication, it has failed to become the main topic. The decisions agreed upon, the paper continues, are milder than those taken by the G8. It is natural: three of the bigger APEC economies – the U.S., China and Australia – have not signed the Kyoto Protocol yet.

Vremya Novostei says most of the participants consider the Sydney summit a success. The paper notes the consensus on greenhouse gases was guaranteed by the preparatory work of experts. The APEC summit of 2007 was held earlier than usual. It happened because of the general election due soon in Australia. There was simply no time to lose.

The paper writes the Russian side was duly surprised to find out that Russia is considered by Australia to be a nation without a market economy. However, says the paper, this fact didn’t prevent the Australian government blessing several billion dollars’ worth of deals between Australian and Russian companies.

Kommersant runs an article on the main deal between the two countries – a government-to-government agreement on atomic energy. Australia owns 40% of the world’s known uranium deposits. Canberra agreed to supply the nuclear fuel for Russian power plants. The agreement stipulates that the uranium will be used exclusively for peaceful purposes.

The same newspaper publishes another detailed report by Andrey Kolesnikov. He writes about the bilateral meeting that President Putin had with President Bush. The article says the two Presidents discussed all the key issues of bilateral relations. Some progress was made in every matter, writes the paper. But the only firm agreement achieved was on the next fishing trip together, this time – on the rivers of the Russian North.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta puts emphasis on the decision to hold the APEC summit of 2012 “in the Eastern part of Russia”. Vladivostok is the most probable candidate. The meeting of 2011 will be hosted by the U.S.

The paper also describes the trilateral meeting of the leaders of the U.S., Japan and Australia. There are rumours the three discussed their joint strategy towards China.