* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said
- There is no link between the international dispute over Iran's nuclear program, and Russia-U.S. differences on Washington's missile defense plans for Europe
- He hoped the European Union and Romania would take measures to prevent the use of Romanian flags to undermine Moldova's sovereignty
* Valery Golubev, deputy chairman of the Gazprom management board, said:
- Russia is to cut its natural gas output by 10% annually over the next four to five years
- Gazprom plans to produce 492 billion cubic meters of natural gas this year
* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has promoted Russia's permanent representative in NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, to the diplomatic rank of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, the Kremlin reported
* Russian energy giant Gazprom said that the natural gas pipeline rupture during the night in Turkmenistan will not affect supplies to Russian consumers
* The rupture of a gas pipeline in Turkmenistan, which caused a suspension in Turkmen gas supplies to Russia, will be repaired within two to three days, a source in the Central Asian government said
* Russian officials are unaware of any plans to hold popular French and Russian international air shows together, a deputy general director of Russia's Aviasalon company said
* Georgian authorities stepped up security in the capital ahead of mass demonstrations to demand President Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation
* Moldova will expel three Romanian journalists following the recent anti-communist riots in the capital Chisinau, a source in the country's intelligence services said
* MTS will offer BlackBerry, a leading wireless platform, to individual Russian subscribers by late April, the president of Russia's largest mobile phone operator announced
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