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The coming visit of Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to China on October 11-12 will be aimed at giving stability to the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership in the economy. Energy industry traditionally tops the list of complicated and sometimes pressing issues of the Russian-Chinese partnership…

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the emir of the state of Qatar, met with Russian president D. Medvedev, prime minister V. Putin, and Gazprom's top brass in Moscow on November 2-3. In Moscow's widely publicized reading, the energy security should include the security of suppliers, and from this standpoint the recent gas market trends are alarming Russia as the world's number one natural gas exporter.

On October 30, Russian president D. Medvedev attended the second Russia-ASEAN summit in Hanoi (the first Russia-ASEAN summit convened in Kuala Lumpur in 2005). The forum was meant to give a boost to the cooperation between Russia and East Asian countries which, as a Kremlin official related to the media on the eve of the event, hope that Russia can balance the permanently growing US influence over the region.

President D. Medvedev's recent talks with his Turkmen colleague Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in Ashgabat produced significant results. Importantly, the leaders of the two major gas-exporting countries brought to the negotiating table consonant assessments of the current state of the European gas market. As Russian deputy prime minister I. Sechin explained the situation, Europe's gas demand will be growing minimally in the coming 3-4 years and prospects for increasing gas supply to Europe in the nearest future are dire.