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Interview with editor-of-chief of Vestnik Kavkaz Alexei Vlasov for analytical publication Euro-Asia

Interview with editor-of-chief of Vestnik Kavkaz Alexei Vlasov for analytical publication "Euro-Asia"

Alexei Vlasov, in a recent exclusive interview, the famous American analyst Thomas Ambrosio said that the USA accepted that the South Caucasus is a sphere of influence for Russia. Do you think this statement is correct?

Hailstorm destroys grape crops in Georgia

A 30-minute hailstorm has destroyed a large part of grape crops inGeorgia's Mtskheskii region, not far from Tbilisi, reports ITAR-TASS,citing the region's administration. The hailstorm also destroyed othercrops and killed dozens of cattle.

Minister of European Integration to speak to Georgian parliament

The Georgian State Minister on European-Atlantic Integration GeorgiyBaramiya will speak in parliament tomorrow. He is expected toparticipate in a joint session of committees on euro-integration andissues of Georgians living abroad, The Georgia Times reports.The minister will also inform parliament about the cooperation betweenGeorgia and EU.

EIB to provide Georgia with EURO 80 mln to unite electric networks with Turkey

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will give an EURO 80 million loan toGeorgia for the extension and modernization of a high-voltage networkand uniting it with the electric network of Turkey, Trend reports,citing the bank's press-service.

Investment projects in Georgia to be implemented

Georgiawill allot approximately 35 million lari (over $19 mln) forinvestment projects in the Guri region, Georgian Premier NikolayGilauri said at a Cabinet session in Ozurgeti, the regional center ofGuria, The Georgian Times reports.According to Gilauri, 19 million lari ($10.6 mil) will be allotted torepair works and the reconstruction of roads. 8.5 million lari ($4.8mil) will be allotted for one of the priority projects - theimprovement of water supplies to Guri.

Over $19 mln allotted for Georgia's Guria's development

The Georgian government will increase financing of the Guria region.More than 34 million lari ($19.1 mln) will be allotted for investmentprojects, Georgian Premier Naka Gilauri said."The government is going to allot $10.6mln for road construction. Thepriority sphere is the development of the water delivery system andmore than $8.5mln is to be spent for the implementation of variousprojects. $13.4mln will be spent for the support of non-urban areasand $224,000 more on schools,' Gilauri said.

Georgian Airways finally granted permission for flights to Moscow

The private airline Georgian Airways has finally been licensed by theRussian Transport Ministry to carry out charter flights to Moscow fromMay 24th to November 21st this year,reports RIA Novosti, citing a Ministry spokesman.The direct charter flights will fly on May 24th, 26th, 27th, 29th and31st, and June 2nd, 3rd, 6th , 9th, 28th, 30th and July 1st.

Two Turkish companies compete to build hydroelectric plant in Adjaria

The Georgian Energy Ministry reports that two Turkish companies haveexpressed interest in participating in a tender on constructing threehydroelectric power plants on the river Acharistskali - Kura Energy-mand Optimum Energy Uretim A.S. The Georgian government will chose thewinning company after examinating their applications.

Checkpoint Verhnii Lars to be opened for trucks from June 1st

The Verhnii Lars checkpoint on the Russian-Georgian border will beopened for heavy goods vehicles from June 1st, reports Georgia Online.The statement of the Armenian Transport Ministry says the checkpoint,which is the main transit point for transportation of goods fromRussia to Armenia, was closed due to weather conditions.The crossing is currently open to passenger vehicles seating less than30 and trucks with a total capacity of less than 10 tons.

Georgian Ministry denies information on permission for flights to Moscow

The Georgian Ministry for Transport has denied the information aboutpermission for flights to Moscow, earlier reported as having beengranted to the airline company "Georgian Airways", reports GeorgiaOnline."The application of the Georgian company is still under consideration,the Russian Transport Ministry has not yet given a response", theGeorgian Ministry's press-service said.

Burdzhanize held up for 1.5 hours for luggage examination

The chairman of "Georgian Democratic Movement -United Georgia", NinoBurdzhanidze, returning to Tbilisi after a trip to Russia and Europe,was held up for an hour and a half at the airport while her luggagewas examined, reports Novosti Georgia.She said later that it was another provocation of the Georgianauthorities against her.

Georgian Airways granted permission for flights to Moscow

The private airline Georgian Airways has been licensed to carry outcharter flights to Moscow from May 24th to November 21st this year,reports ITAR-TASS, company spokesman Nino Giorgobiani."The direct charter flights will fly four times a week, depending onpassenger volume", she said.Direct flights between Russia and Georgia were cancelled in 2006 afterthe intensification of tensions between the states. They were recentlyrestored for a short period, but stopped again due to the conflict of2008.

Georgian President honors Erdogan with "Golden Fleece" award

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has awarded Turkish PremierRecep Tayip Erdogan with the "Golden Fleece" medal. The ceremony tookplace in Batumi during the grand opening of a Sheraton hotel, builtwith Turkish investments, Trend reports. "The Turkish Premier has shown diplomatic heroism in the negotiationprocess over the Iranian nuclear program. This issue has worriedleaders of most states, especially those of the Caucasus region.

Tbilisi obtains "European Diploma"

The Georgian capital Tbilisi has become a holder of the "European Diploma" of 2010, established by the European Council in the area of international relations. Georgia Online reports that the decision to give the award was made by the corresponding EU committee in Strasbourg. The prize is given to cities which cooperate with its twin cities, international organizations and introduce European ideals.

Abkhazian embassy opened in Moscow

The official opening ceremony of the embassy of Abkhazia in Russia was held today in Moscow. Representatives of the Foreign Ministries of the two countries were present, including the foreign minister of Abkhazia, Maxim Gvinja, and the amabassador of Abkhazia, Igor Akhba, Interfax reports. Andrey Nesterenko represented the Russian side.

Georgian-Chinese consortium to build new Tbilisi railway

The construction project of the orbital railway to Tbilisi will becarried out by a Georgian-Chinese joint consortium of the Georgiancompany "Moststroi" and the Chinese National Railway building Company,reports Business Georgia.The project provides for extending a railroad running through thecenter of Tbilisi, to the Tbilisi Sea.

Paata Kalandadze: Kazakhstan has no desire to reclaim its investments back from Georgia

Paata Kalandadze: "Kazakhstan has no desire to reclaim its investments back from Georgia"

Kazakhstan and Georgia intend to increase relations, not reduce them.

Georgia ready to start negotiations with Russia

Ex-President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski stated that Georgia is ready to start negotiating with Russia without any preconditions. He was told this by Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze. "I will tell the leaders of European countries about this, this will be an important sign for them. Europe could help and support the start of negotiations between Russia and Georgia", GeorgiaToday quotes the ex-president.

Armenian language is in Google Translate

From now on the Armenian language is functioning in the system of Google Translate. The Georgian, Azerbaijani, Basque and Urdu languages have also been added to the system, ArmeniaToday reports.

Georgia continues to make headway on getting closer to Europe

During the debates in the House of Europe in Tbilisi, Georgian president Mikhail Saahashvili said that "For Georgia, Europe symbolizes democracy and a free society, we are making headway on getting closer to Europe", ITAR-TASS reports. Aleksander Kwasniewski, the ex-President of Poland, who also took part in the discussion, said he was last in Georgia in 2001. "During these 9 years, your country has achieved great success in solving several important social and economic problems".