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Iran not to cut back ties with Moscow or Beijing

The Iranian foreign ministry believes that China and Russia voted forthe UN sanctions in order to avoid implementation of tougher ones, amember of the national security committee Hosein Ebrahimi said,Interfax reports.Earlier some Iranian parliamentarians proposed drawing up a plan onrevising relations with Russia and China, but following talks withexperts came to the conclusion that the new sanctions will not affectthe Iranian economy.

Iranian parliamentarians prepare response to UN sanctions

Iranian parliamentarians are holding discussions on a response to afourth round of the UN sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council onJune 9, Trend reports."The new round of sanctions confirmed the US's hostility towards theIranian people," parliamentarian Kazem Delhosh said.He also noted that this would strengthen the Iranian strive formodernization and that the Iranian people will fight for their rights.He said the positions of Russia and China rasied a number of issues.

Iran threatens Russia, China with retaliatory sanctions

Iran has threatens "retaliation measures" against all the states thatvoted for new, harsher sanctions against it, including Russia andChina."The Iranian energy commission is considering the possibility ofimposing economic sanctions against all these states. Such countriesas China and India benefited from a high level of trade turnover untilnow. A shrinking of bilateral trade will badly affect their economicinterests," the head of the commission said, reports.

China and Kazakhstan agree on construction of second stage of pipeline

The Chinese National Gas Corporation and the Kazakh company "GazMunayGas" have signed an agreement on the construction of the second part of the China-Kazakhstan pipeline, ITAR-TASS reports.

SCO member states adopt joint declaration

Following the summit the SCO member-states also adopted a joint declaration.

New risks for Eurasian integration

New risks for Eurasian integration

It is necessary to change the principles of political decision making in the terms of integrative structures, to widen the social component of the notion of "security", and to define more clearly the border between the internal problems and external risks

SCO meeting starts in Tashkent

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO )members started a meeting inTashkent on Friday, ITAR-TASS reports.The participants will discuss issues of security and the situations inAfghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as development of economic andinvestment cooperation. At the end of the meeting the members willapprove a new scheme for accepting new members.

UN Security Council introduces Iranian sanctions

The UN Security Council passed a resolution on new sanctions againstIran on Wednesday, due to Iran’s refusal to stop uranium enrichment,Reuters reports.12 Security Council members voted for the resolution, Turkey andBrazil voted against, Lebanon abstained.The document was developed based on a US project. It was amended basedon the opinions of the six mediators in the Iranian nuclear programsettlement (Russia, the USA, China, France, UK and Germany) andnon-permanent Security Council members.

Georgia owes over $3 billion to creditors

The total Georgian external debt for state credit guarantees as of May 31st this year reached $3.448 billion, Rosbalt reports, citing the Georgian Ministry of Finance.

Afghan drug trafficking 'feeds Caucasus terrorists'

Afghani drug trafficking feeds terrorists in the North Caucasus,Viktor Ivanov, the head of the Federal Drug Control Service, said, RIANovosti reports."Afghan drug trafficking is a global problem, as it feedsinternational crime and terrorism," Ivanov said.The two-day Drug Production: a Challenge to the InternationalCommunity forum started in Moscow on Wednesday.Ivanov said there is a direct link between "Afghan heroin" anddisturbances in the Fergana Valley and some regions of China. He also

Iran threatens to break off relations with IAEA

The Iranian government will consider freezing relations with the IAEA,if the UN Security Council imposes new sanctions against Iran. Thechairman of the national security committee Alaeddin Borujerdiexpressed hope that Russia and China will not "yield to US pressure",Interfax reports.On Tuesday, the UN Security Council continued talks behind closeddoors on the Iranian nuclear program, on the initiative of Brazil andTurkey, which recently reached a uranium exchange deal with Iran.The

Resolution project on Iran approved

The resolution project of the Security Council of UN on Iran has beenapproved, RIA Novosti reports, citing a high-ranking diplomatic sourcein Moscow.The date of the document’s applicability is unclear. The sourceemphasized that the resolution does not exclude a constructivedialogue with Iran.The project of possible new sanctions against Iran was discussed bythe six mediators of the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program(Russia, USA, China, France, UK and Germany).

CICMA gaining influence in Asia

The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia(CICMA) is gradually transforming into a full-fledged organization forcooperation and security on the Asian continent, Kazakh PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev said, opening the third summit of the heads ofCICMA member-states, ITAR-TASS reports.He noted that he welcomes Vietnam’s and Iraq’s joining CICMA andBangladesh becoming an observer. The forum unites 22 countries,comprising over 90% of the Asian landmass and half the world’spopulation.

Armenia and Fiji establish diplomatic relations

Armenia and Fiji have established diplomatic relations. The ArmenianForeign Ministry’s press office said the Armenian ambassador to China,Armen Sarkisyan, and his Fiji counterpart signed the agreement,Armenia Today reports.The meeting also saw a discussion of cooperation within the frameworkof international organizations, in particular the UN.

Putin arrives in Istanbul for "confidence-building" forum

Putin arrives in Istanbul for "confidence-building" forumRussian Premier Vladimir Putin has arrived in Istanbul to take part ina session of the third summit of the Conference on Interaction andConfidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA). As reports ITAR-TASS,Putin will make a speech at the morning session. A number of bilateralmeetings are also scheduled for the visit.It is expected that Putin will hold meetings with Turkish PremierRecep Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul, Azerbaijani President Ilham

Istanbul awaits CICA summit

Istanbul awaits CICA summit

Within the CICA summit's framework will be held several important international meetings.

Iranian president visits Turkey

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in Turkey on Monday forthe Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia(CICA summit), which Turkey will host on June 8. The summit will see adiscussion of regional security issues, mutual cooperation, and waysof solving regional problems.Within the visit, Ahmadinejad will discuss issues related to a recenturanium exchange deal brokered by Turkey and Brazil with PrimeMinister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Under the deal, Iran agreed to exchange 1,200 kg of low enriched

Foreign Ministers of Russia and China make joint statement on UN Iranian resolution

Foreign Ministers of Russia and China make joint statement on UN "Iranian" resolution

"Paralyzing" economic sanctions have been excluded from the project of the UN Security Council resolution and the amendments of the non-permanent members of the Security Council have been taken into consideration.

New sanctions against Iran may be approved next week - White House

The US hopes that the UN Security Council will consider and approvenew sanctions against Iran nest week, the official spokesman of theWhite House Robert Gibbs said, RIA Novosti reports.The situation around Iran complicated after Iranian President MahmoudAhmadinejad declared on February 11th that Tehran had produced itsfirst batch of 20% enriched uranium and had the potential to producemore higher enriched uranium. He also denied accusations of nucleararms development.

China to provide Armenia with medical equipment

China is likely to provide Armenia with medical equipment and 88ambulances by the end of this year, News Armenia reports, citing theArmenian Ministry of Territorial Administration.The Armenian Vice-Premier, Minister of Territorial AdministrationArmen Gevorkyan met the Chinese delegation headed by the Chineseminister of commerce, Fu Ziying. The Chinese minister noted that theprogram of technical support of Armenia is significant for Armenia andthe healthcare of its regions.

International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition opens in Baku

The 17th International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference incorporating Refining & Petrochemicals has been opened in Baku today, report.

International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference opens in Baku

The attention of the international oil and gas industry will befocused on Baku for the Caspian region's biggest trade event startingon June 1. The 17th International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition andConference incorporating Refining & Petrochemicals will unitethousands of professionals in the global oil and gas sector, Trendreports.The history of Azerbaijan, which is the cradle of the global oilindustry, and the attention of the country's leadership to the event

Iran buys LNG tanker in China

Iran has chosen China for an order for the construction of a tankerfor the transportation of liquefied natural gas, which will be putinto operation in four years, reports Trend.The cost of each ship is estimated at $200 - $220mln, and to form aflotilla of LNG tankers more than $1.2 billion will be invested.Iran plans to produce 11mln tons of liquefied natural gas annually,and 1 tanker can transport a million ton of liquefied gas a year. Butas transportation is partially carried out by private companies, Iran

Baku and Ashkhabad to bridge Caspian gap

Baku and Ashkhabad to bridge Caspian gap

The basis for dialogue between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan may become cooperation in the energy sphere.

Azerbaijan, China sign $2,9 million garnt agreement

The governments of Azerbaijan and China have signed $2.9 million grant agreement, the Economy Ministry of Azerbaijan said, reports Trend. The use of the funds will be determined in upcoming negotiations, the ministry said.

Kazakhstan and Turkey may revive the Silk Route

Kazakhstan and Turkey may revive the Silk Route

Kazakhstan and Turkey may revive the Silk Route in Eurasia, TurkishPresident Abdullah Gul said, reports Interfax.

International railroad business-forum opens in Sochi

The International railroad business-forum ‘Strategic Partnership 1520’will be held in Sochi on the 26th-28th May, reports citing thepress-service of ‘RZD’.Representatives from federal agencies and regional administrations,the largest international transport companies and freighters andbankers will participate in the forum. The ‘RZD’ delegation will beheaded by the company’s president Vladimir Yakunin.

Russia supports the dialogue of the ‘Six’ and Iran

Russia calls for a dialogue of the ‘Six’ international mediators(Russia, the USA, China, France, UK and Germany) on the Iraniannuclear program settlement with Tehran, the official spokesman ofRussian Foreign Ministry Andrey Nesterenko said in his commentspublished on the ministry’s website on Tuesday.

Iran cuts oil production

Sanctions and underinvestment have cut Iran's oil production capacity by at least 300,000 barrels per day, depriving the country of billions of dollars of revenues, reports Financial Times.The slow development of new oilfields and the poor condition of many existing wells have caused the fall, according to Iranian and western experts."Oil production capacity has dropped by probably about 300,000-400,000 bpd," said a former senior official in Iran's government. His figures were consistent with those of a western oil official.

Sanctions against Iran will not affect Russian interests

Possible sanctions against Iran "would not affect existingRussian-Iranian economic contacts", the chairman of the Russian upperhouse's committee on international affairs said.The UN SC resolution project for Iran is well-balanced and wasconcerned by Russia, the USA and China, Mikhail Margelov said.