S., Russia's Interest To Join EAS" 100) Russian Helicopter Passes Hot Weather Tests in India - Spokesman 101) Russian Defense Ministry To Get Four Su-34 Fighter Jets 102) Two Squadrons Of US, Japan Ships To Unofficially Visit Vladivostok 103) Russian Bark Kruzenstern Docks At Danish Aalborg 104) China Hails Russia's Participation In East Asia Summits 105) NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. Korea of 'serious Consequences' in Case of Provocations" 111) US, ROK Hold 'Unprecedented' 2 2 Alliance Talks Following is source-supplied update to first three referent items, which "UPDATES in paras 1-10 with talks beginning; Clinton, Gates visiting DMZ, paying respects at war memorial, quotes"; Report by Chang Jae-soon and Kim Deok-hyun: "(3rd LD) S. The sides decided to set up joint ventures in order to develop the defence industry."This is the first time such a high-ranking delegation from Russian defence enterprises visited Armenia to familiarise itself with the possibilities of the rel evant sector in the country and discuss in detail prospects for the development of the Armenian defence industry," Bagdasaryan said."We saw a positive attitude on the part of Russian entrepreneurs," he added."Consultations were held between CSTO Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha and officials from the relevant Armenian ministries and agencies where the implementation of the CSTO Collective Security Council's decisions was discussed," Bagdasaryan said.(Description of Source: Moscow ITAR-TASS in English -- Main government information agency) Material in the World News Connection is generally copyrighted by the source cited.
While the regional situation appears unaltered by the arrests in Lebanon, theend result has been to dramatically upend months of relative quiet on thedomestic front, Khashan said.'We are back to the Lebanese cold war,' he said.(Description of Source: Beirut The Daily Star Online in English -- Website of the independent daily, The Daily Star; URL: Material in the World News Connection is generally copyrighted by the source cited.'The escalation is veryserious and grim.'President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Saad Hariri have held a raft ofmeetings with other political leaders during the past few days in an attempt tocalm the situation, but depth of the crisis mean a few po liticians-powwows cannot resolve it, Khashan added.The espionage arrests brought a renewed hostility to the domestic politicalstandoff between the Hizbullah-led March 8 alliance and the Hariri-led Marchcoalition, which had cooled since the May 2008 Doha accord ended days of streetclashes between the camps- supporters, Khashan said.'This is a crisis of the highest order ... because the politicaldivide is alive and well and is getting wider and wider,' he added.'In his speech, (Hizbullah leader Sayyed) Hassan Nasrallah fired the coupde grace - he shot dead the May 2008 agreement that provided a truce.'Nasrallah implied (that) the members in the Lebanese Cabinet were spiesand involved in the spying on Hizbullah.'Nasrallah also said in his speech last week that the arrest of two Alfaemployees on charges of spying for Israel called into doubt the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which has relied on telecommunications records inits investigation of the 2005 assassinati on of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.Aside from the Hizbullah-s unceasing antipathy toward Israel, the Shiitegroup now has expressed opposition to the tribunal, and Hizbullah-srelations with other Arab states remain far from warm, Salem added.Forexample, Egypt in April sentenced to lengthy prison terms 26 men allegedlyplanning attacks on Hizbullah-s behalf in Egypt against Israeli targets.
This is bound to escalate more.'While the immediate future will likely not turn violent, the new friction couldeasily later pave the way for the collapse of the government, further streetviolence as well as possible clashes between the two camps, Safa added.'We-re in a real crisis here,' he said. Unless there is backdoor communication, wewill probably see this getting out of hand sometime soon.'There will be more to come,' Safa added.