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Bilateral talks also focused on cooperation in the nuclear-energy sector, "Izvestiya" reported on 4 December.
Indian officials are said to be interested in expanding the country's network of nuclear power stations to help it meet rising energy demand, and Moscow has reportedly expressed an interest in selling nuclear fuel.
Yakovlenko spoke on the eve of a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who was scheduled to arrive in Moscow for talks with President Putin on 6 December.
Yakovlenko added that Russia views the upcoming elections for an interim National Assembly as a vital part of settling the crisis in Iraq.
India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Russia thus cannot supply such fuel without guarantees, "Izvestiya" reported.
Putin also visited the city of Bangalore, a center of India's information-technology sector, where he expressed Moscow's desire to cooperate with India in the high-tech sector in order to help Russia emulate Indian success in software production.
VYIN INDIA, RUSSIA WELCOMES FOREIGN BIDS IN YUKOS ASSET SALERussian Deputy Prime Minister Zhukov told reporters in New Delhi on 4 December that Russia would welcome Indian and other companies bidding for assets of Russian oil giant Yukos that include the company's main oil-producing unit, Yuganskneftegaz, Russian and Western media reported. "Izvestiya" suggested on 4 December that Indian state-run oil and gas company ONGC might team up with Gazprom to bid.
VYPUTIN VISITS TURKEY FOR TRADE AND SECURITY TALKSPresident Putin arrived in Ankara on 5 December for talks with Turkey's political leadership that are expected to focus on bilateral trade and international efforts to combat terrorism, Russian media reported.
BWPUTIN SPEAKS WITH KUCHMA OVER EVENTS IN UKRAINEWhile Russia did not respond officially to the landmark Ukrainian Supreme Court verdict of 3 December or plans to hold a new presidential runoff, President Putin's press service announced that he discussed the situation in Ukraine with President Leonid Kuchma by telephone on 4 December, reported.
The announcement did not include details of their conversation but said Putin told his outgoing Ukrainian counterpart that as part of the international mediating effort, Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov will attend negotiations aimed at paving the way to new balloting (see "RFE/RL Newsline Part 2").
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VYRUSSIA CALLS FOR STRONG INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS ON IRAQMoscow has called for greater international efforts to foster peace and stability in Iraq, Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Yakovlenko as saying on 5 December.
"We support the need for mobilization of efforts of the world community for assisting an Iraqi settlement, Russia is interested in this country getting peace and stability, preserving the unity and the territorial integrity," Yakovenko said, according to ITAR-TASS.
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"No dictatorship, especially in international affairs, will solve such problems, even if that dictatorship is packaged in pretty, pseudo-democratic phraseology," Putin said.