In this edition: the 2012 European Football Championship in Ukraine and Poland, Latvia's need for gas still dependent on Moscow and the European Humanities University in Belarus forced out of the country in 2004 by the nation's autocratic president.
Dmitry Medvedev has announced that Russia intends to build a space defence system and a new fleet of nuclear submarines by 2020, gearing up its nuclear deterrent at a time of heightened tensions with Washington.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, agreed after a meeting Wednesday that their cooperation was necessary to take action on Iran's and North Korea's nuclear programmes.
A meeting of world powers on further sanctions against Iran has been cancelled due to opposition from Russia, said US and Russian officials Tuesday, even as Iran's Ahmadinejad said they would continue nuclear enrichment in a UN speech.
Speaking before the UN General Assembly, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for the creation of an international institution to regulate the globalised economy, and a "joint economic community" between Europe and Russia.
Georgian forces have shot down an unmanned reconnaissance drone that was flying over a key oil pipeline in the Caucasus nation. They claim it is Russian; Moscow denies it and accuses Tbilisi of provocation.