Us, Russia Want Clarity On Iran Nuclear Issue

Rosneft’s chief executive officer, close Putin ally Igor Sechin, watched him march toward the ring to a live performance of a song invoking the ancient Slav god Svarog. Singer-songwriter Nikolai Yemelin, Povetkin’s favorite artist, clad in chain mail for the occasion, intoned: “We have had to fight many wars, so we mixed blood into our land to live free!” Povetkin’s nickname, Russky Vityaz, or Russian Warrior, was embroidered in gold across the band of his shorts. Klitschko, known as Dr. Steelhammer, was clad in a red robe with the logo of Interpipe, the metals company of Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk. He walked out to “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Can’t stop, addicted to the shindig, chop top, he says I’m gonna win big.” After Povetkin’s grand entrance, Klitschko’s appeared sarcastic and deliberately Westernized. Then came the national anthems. Jazz singer Jamala belted out the hope-filled Ukrainian song a capella. Iosif Kobzon, a veteran crooner and pro-Putin parliament deputy, delivered a solemn rendition of the Russian one, a pompous, brassy Soviet-era number with new lyrics written during Putin’s reign. “I’m watching a fight for the first time but I cannot root for poor taste, I’m sorry,” Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian opposition activist, wrote on Twitter. “Kobzon, the gold and the hellish music — that’s too much for me as a newbie.” The subsequent fight could hardly bear the weight of all the symbolism. Klitschko, almost four inches taller than his opponent and in strikingly better shape, dominated from the first moment. His gaze cold and calculating, he kept Povetkin at bay with his trademark left jab. By the seventh round the Russian’s face was a puffy, discolored mass. As Klitschko danced away on the long, perfect legs of a Greek Olympian or arrogantly leaned on his rival, Povetkin huffed and puffed, struggling to get in a heavy punch and maybe get lucky.

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All 30 face up to 15 years in jail if convicted for the protest in which a Greenpeace ship approached an oil platform owned by Gazprom, and have appealed against keeping them in custody through late November for further investigation. The court in the northern port city of Murmansk rejected the appeals filed by activist Andrei Allakhverdov, ship’s doctor Yekaterina Zaspa and Denis Sinyakov, a freelance photographer who documented the protest, Greenpeace said. All three are Russian. Hearings for the other 27, nationals of 18 countries – including activists who tried to scale the oil platform during the protest – are expected later this week. Greenpeace says the piracy charges against the activists and crew members are absurd and unfounded and that the conditions of detention have in some cases violated their rights. “They are now prisoners of conscience, and as such they are the responsibility of the world,” said Kumi Naidoo, head of Greenpeace International. The Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia on Friday, saying it had unlawfully detained the activists and others on the Dutch-registered icebreaker Arctic Sunrise. After the protest, Russian coastguard officers forcibly boarded and seized control of the ship. It was then towed to Murmansk and Russia has denied Greenpeace’s assertions that the ship had been in international waters when it was seized. (Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Steve Gutterman and Angus MacSwan)

Russia denies bail to three held over Greenpeace Arctic protest

Secretary of State John Kerry (on the sidelines of an economic summit in Indonesia) that Iran likely wants “more clarity” about the way forward. “Iran probably wants more clarity,” Lavrov said. “More specific steps to be spelled out on the road to the result which we all want to achieve. And I think this will be discussed next week in Geneva, a meeting to which Iran agreed. And to which Iran and three plus three are getting ready in a very constructive mood, as our contacts in New York show.” Kerry said the United States is encouraged by Iran’s recent outreach efforts, but that actions, and not words, are what will make a difference. “So what we need are a set of proposals from Iran that fully disclose how they will show the world that their program is peaceful,” Kerry said. “And we have made it clear that if there are those indicators, the United States and our allies are absolutely prepared to move in appropriate ways to meet their actions. Kerry said Iran has not responded to an offer the P5+1 group made earlier this year, which called for Iran to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent and halt enrichment at one of its nuclear facilities. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday that offer was no longer valid, and that the P5+1 should come to next week’s negotiations with a “new point of view.” Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes and wants the international community to lift a range of sanctions imposed for its refusal to halt enrichment activity. The possible threat of a ballistic missile strike from countries like Iran has led the United States to plan a missile shield in Europe. Russia disagrees with the move, saying the system could neutralize its own strategic missile force and leave it vulnerable to the West. Kerry said Monday it is too early to make determinations about the system as long as the Iranian threat continues.

He has the equivalent of a buy rating for the stock. The stocks had a very good run, but it remains a name that we like at this level. Novatek holds 25.5 percent in SeverEnergia, in a joint venture with OAO Gazprom Neft, Eni SpA (ENI) and Enel SpA (ENEL) , to produce natural gas and gas condensate, which is similar to crude oil. Novatek also has a 49 percent stake in Nortgas, which is producing gas and crude oil at the North-Urengoyskoye field. SeverEnergia, Nortgas SeverEnergia and Nortgas should begin paying dividends to shareholders in 2015 and 2016, respectively, according to Sberbank. In addition, Novatek plans to start its Yarudeyskoe crude oil field in 2015. The uptick in financials for Novatek has just started, Oleg Maximov , a senior oil and gas analyst at Sberbank CIB in Moscow, wrote in a note yesterday. He has a buy rating for the shares. If you think you have seen everything with this company, then think again. Novatek reported on Aug. 9 a 20 percent jump in second-quarter profit as sales volumes increased and prices gained. Net income rose to 11.6 billion rubles ($358 million) from 9.66 billion rubles a year earlier, exceeding the 11.3 billion-ruble average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Revenue advanced 29 percent to 58 billion rubles.