Turkish and US representatives discuss regional problems

US officials and a group of parliamentarians from the Justice and Development Party of Turkey discussed security questions in the Caucasus and Middle East, including rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia, a peaceful settlement in Karabakh and the crisis between Turkey and Israel, APA reports.O.

President of Armenia meets Minsk OSCE group

Serzh Sargsyan, the president of Armenia, has met in Saint-Petersburg with the co-chairmen of the Minsk OSCE group for the Karabakh settlement - Igor Popov of Russia, Bernard Facier of France, Robert Bradtke of the USA and Andrzej Kasprzyk, News Armenia reports.The sixth meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia was initiated by Russian president Dmitri Medvedev. The previous meetings took place in Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi and Chişinău. The present stage of the Karabakh settlement was discussed.

US and Azerbaijani militaries to carry out joint training

US military personnel will carry out joint training with Azerbaijani troops in Italy. Courses for sergeants will take place June 21-24 in Baku, a seminar on organizing and governing operational readiness will be held on June 21-25, News Azerbaijan reports.

Azerbaijan to attend conference of representatives of EU member states and countries outside Union

Italy will host the conference of representatives of the EU member-states and countries outside the union on June 19th, on the initiative of the European People's Party, which will be attended by the head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Samad Seyidov, reports Trend, citing Azerbaijan's ambassador to Italy, Emil Kerimov .

NATO mission appreciates Individual Partnership Action Plan of Azerbaijan

The NATO mission has appreciated the Azerbaijani Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), Romanian ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolae Ureke said at the conference on NATO-Azerbaijani partnership in Baku, Trend reports.The plan was observed by the NATO special envoy to the South Caucasus, Robert Simmons. Ureke said that they are currently discussing the 3rd stage of IPAP.

Dead end for compromises

Russia is trying to preserve the peaceful process of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement despite the sides facing a stalemate

Tanker construction for Caspian started in Volgograd

Volgograd will start making tankers, starting with 10 ships with adead-weight of 7000 tons built on contract with Palmali and theDockyard Factory of Volgograd, Trend reports, citing a message fromPalmali.

US Secretary of State to tour South Caucasus from Georgia

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Georgia on July7th, Latvian Premier Valdis Dombrovskiy told the Washington Post.He said that the ‘restart’ of relations between the USA and Russia aredue to the change of the US position towards Russia’s neighbors.

Amendments to Azerbaijani state budget passed

The Azerbaijani parliament recorded 98 votes for and 5 against amendments to the state budget for 2010. The budget deficit was reduced from $1.561 billion to $963 million, down from 3.9% to 2.3%. Finance Minister Samir Sharifov said that there had been additional expenses, due to natural disasters when the Kura and Araz rivers began flooding.

Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to continue work according to Madrid principles

The Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Ilkham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, in their conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to continue dialogue on a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, the press-secretary of the Russian president, Natalya Timakova, said, RIA Novosti reports.

Two beaches in Baku closed due to pollution

The state center of hygiene and epidemiology of Azerbaijan has startedseasonal monitoring of sea water on the beaches of Baku, Trendreports, citing a message of the Ministry of Health.

Investment business-forum to be held in Baku

Baku will hold an investment conference on the opportunities of business in Azerbaijan and the CIS countries on June 21-22, 1news.az reports, citing the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economic Development.The conference was organized within the framework of the 35th annual session of the board of directors of the Islamic Development Bank of the Islamic Corporation of Developing the Private Sector (ICD), the Azerbaijani Investment Company and the Azerbaijani Fund of Export Promotion and Investment (Azpromo).

Presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan start discussions

Presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan start discussions

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is holding a trilateral meeting withpresidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan – Serzh Sargsyan and IlkhamAliyev, RIA Novosti reports.They entered the Konstantinovskiy Palace. The presidents starteddiscussions on the topic of the weather in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Four extremists convicted for blowing up gas pipeline

Four members of a religious extremist group with links to an international terrorist network were convicted in Baku. They were accused of creating an illegal armed formation and planning terrorist attacks. They received from 3 to 15 year prison sentences.The judge in the trial, Azer Orudjev, said that they were involved in bandit formations in Ingushetia and blowing up a gas pipeline in Russia, ITAR-TASS reports.

Armenian president arrives in St. Petersburg

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has arrived in St. Petersburg.According to NEWS.am, he was welcomed at Pulkovo airport byhigh-ranking officials of Russia.The presidents of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan – Serzh Sargsyan,Dmitry Medvedev and Ilkham Aliyev - will have a trilateral meetingtoday.

Azerbaijani president arrives in St. Petersburg

Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev arrived in Russia, AzerTag reports. He was welcomed at Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg by high-ranking officials.The presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia - Dmitry Medvedev, Ilkham Aliyev, and Serzh Sargsyan - will participate in the traditional international economic forum to discuss a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.

Azerbaijan adopts new military doctrine

Azerbaijan adopts new military doctrine

At a special meeting on June 8th, Azerbaijan's parliament adopted a new military doctrine. Its contents have aroused active discussion both in Azerbaijan and abroad.

International Economic Forum begins in St Petersburg

International Economic Forum begins in St Petersburg

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is arriving today in St Petersburg, where the 14th International Economic Forum is opening. Medvedev will take part in the forum, meet with his colleagues from other countries, participate in the meeting on the modernization and technological development of the economy and will then award a Global energy prize, ITAR TASS reports.

Czech beer to be produced in Azerbaijan

In the village of Novhany the official opening of the BAKI-PRAQA brewery of the Czech company DESTILA Brno has taken place on Wednesday, Trend reports. The capacity of the beer factory will be 1,5 million litres a year.

Armenian president visiting Saint Petersburg

The president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, is off to Saint Petersburg today on a three-day working visit. A trilateral meeting of the Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents will take place at the International Economic Forum there. The main topic of discussion will be a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, Armenia Today reports.