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Astrakhan summit

On October 27, the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia held a conference to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.

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The Baku-Tbilisi-Jeihan pipeline will have a capacity of 1.6 millionbarrels, Turkish Minister for Trade Zafer Caglayan said, Trendreports.Caglayan met Georgian Georgian Minister of Regional Development andInfrastructure Ramaz Nikolaishvili.Caglayan said that the trade turnover between Turkey and Georgia in2006-2009 increased by 40% and exceeded $1 billion.Turkey is Georgia's largest partner both in exports and imports.

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The leaders of the bloc of political parties 'PNFA-Musavat' announcedits election campaign platform at a press conference on Thursday. Theplatform is entitled 'In the name of  fundamental change’, Trendreports. The bloc includes the Musavat party and others, publicfigures and respected politicians who support the bloc’s position.The bloc has prepared a wide-ranging, multidirectional program onconstitutional, economic and social transformation in the country,reflecting the basic ideas and approaches built in to the programs.

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The presidents of Azerbaijan and Ukraine, Ilham Aliyev and VictorYanukovych, signed a joint declaration on Thursday, the Ukrainianpresident’s official website says, Trend reports.The sides also signed the protocol of the second session of theCouncil of Presidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani andUkrainian ministries of foreign affairs signed an agreement tocooperate in the archive sphere.

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Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych and Azerbaijani President IlkhamAliyev will promote bilateral cooperation in the energy sphere,Yanukovych said at the opening of the second session of the Council ofPresidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan in Kiev, ITAR-TASS reports.Yanukovych told Aliyev that Ukraine considers Azerbaijan a reliablepartner and friend and emphasized its important position in theCaspian region.

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The strategic partnership between Russia and Azerbaijan is a guaranteeof stability in the Caucasus, the head of the Russian president'sdepartment for inter-regional and cultural relations with foreignstates, Sergey Vinokurov said, Trend reports.Vinokurov is taking part in a round table on the topic 'The role ofparliament in development of civil society', organized by theInstitute of Eurasian Studies.

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Well-known Russia political analysts and Vestnik Kavkazaeditor-in-chief Alexey Vlasov does not exclude the possibility ofsigning of a document on Nagorno-Karabakh at the OSCE summit inAstana, he said in Baku on Thursday, Trend reports.Vlasov is taking part in a round table on the topic 'The role ofparliament in development of civil society', organized by theInstitute of Eurasian Studies.

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Baku discusses parliament's role in development of civil society

Azerbaijani-Russian ties involve inter-parliament cooperation, the head of the department for social-political affairs Ali Gasanov said at the opening of a round table on the topic 'The role of parliament in development of civil society', organized by the Institute of Studies.

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Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev arrived in Ukraine on Wednesday,AzerTag reports.He was welcomed by high-ranking officials at Kiev's 'Borispol'airport. Girls in national costumes greeted him with the traditionalbread and salt.

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An Azerbaijani cultural festival began in Morocco on Wednesday, Trend reports.Officials from the ministries of culture and tourism of Azerbaijan andMorocco and cultural figures were at the opening. Deputy Minister ofCulture and Tourism Adalyat Veliyev made a speech, noting that thefestival will improve bilateral ties between the two countries.Photographer Farid Khayrulin presented his photo exhibition. A concertof Azerbaijani music and national dances was organized.

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Today Azerbaijan and Russia have signed an album of state borders between the countries, Trend reports.The document was signed by the Foreign ministers of the two countries.

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The construction of the railway between Baku, Tbilisi and Kars has been discussed in the Turkish city of Kars by representatives of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia, Trend reports.Financing was also discussed at the meeting.The representatives visited the building facilities and the tunnel at the Georgian-Turkish border.

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 Azerbaijan and Armenia may agree on principles of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution

A trilateral meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia - Ilham Aliyev, Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan has ended in Astrakhan, RIA Novosti reports. The two sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - Armenia and Azerbaijan - have signed a declaration, announcing the return of prisoners of war, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said after thenegotiations.

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Lebanon, Algeria, Qatar, Indonesia and Azerbaijan could become suppliers of condensed gas to Ukraine, RIA Novosti cites the Ukrainian Energy minister, Yury Boiko.In order to become more independent of Russian gas Ukraine is planning to build a condensed gas terminal on its territory. At present it is looking for suppliers.

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Azerbaijani-Turkish business forum is being held in Nakhchyvan today, ANS TV reports.The Azerbaijani Economic Development Minister, Shahin Mustafayev, and the Turkish State Minister for foreign trade, Zafer Caglayan, are participating in the forum. A local production exhibition was organized as part of the forum . Economic relations between the Nakhchyvan Autonomous Republic and various regions of Turkey will be discussed at the forum. A cooperation agreement is planned to be signed.

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Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents meet in Astrakhan

A trilateral meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia - Ilham Aliyev, Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitry Medvedev has started in Astrakhan. The participants will discuss  the Nagorno-Karbakh conflict, ITAR-TASS reports.The meeting will not see any sensations, the Russian president's press-secretary said. It will be a regular "synchronization of watches", she added.

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The observation mission of the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly, headed by deputy chairman of Russian Federation Council Svetlana Orlova, will arrive in Baku in early November, Trend reports.26 observers, including MPs of the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly and the experts of CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly will participate in the mission, the Baku branch of the CIS InterparliamentaryAssembly's International Institute for Monitoring the Development of Civil Democracy, Parliamentary System and Electoral Rights told the news agency.

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ranian Energy Minister Madjid Namdjiu said on Wednesday that the task of the synchronization of the Iranian energy network with the Russian and Azerbaijani systems is a priority, News.am reports. These measures will also allow the connection of the Iranian network to the European energy system in the future.The volume of Iranian-Azerbaijani electricity exchange is now being boosted to 700 megawatts. Iran also plans to synchronize its network with the Armenian one.

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