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Vladimir Yevseyev: Russia won’t give up on Bashar Assad

Last week was rich in important events: discussions on American radar deployment in Turkey, Russia and China vetoing the UN resolution on Syria, the first visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to the South Caucasus, new developments in the Turkish-Israeli conflict. Vladimir Yevseyev, Director of the Russian Center for Socio-Political Studies, agreed to comment on these events for VK.

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Levon Mukanyan: "The separation is being artificially imposed '

Recently, Moscow State University hosted a round-table discussion on "Twenty yearsof independence of the Republic of Armenia: toward the development ofArmenian-Russian relations." The Vice President of the Union of Armenians ofRussia for Social Development and Youth Affairs, Levon Mukanyan, expressedhis point of view on these processes in an interview with VK.

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Reconciliation between Armenia and Turkey is possible only through talks, imposed protocols won’t help - Ashot Manucharyan

The Turkish parliament decided to send the ratification of the so-called Zurich protocols back to its agenda. Despite the fact that this return was dictated by parliament’s formal procedure, Armenian experts paid a great deal of attention to this event. Ex-adviser of Armenian President on national policy, Ashot Manuchan, answered VK’s questions on the topic.

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Robert Ilatov: “We don’t have a quarrel with the Turkish people…”

Israel is now entering the period of autumn religious festivals, when all other life in the country stands still for a month. Nevertheless, one Israeli MP, the member of the Israeli-Azerbaijani relations parliamentary group Robert Ilatov, agreed to give an interview to Vestnik Kavkaza. He commented on the prospects for development of Azerbaijani-Israeli relations and the possible effect of the Israeli-Turkish crisis on them.- Mr Ilatov, how would you characterize the level of current Israeli-Azerbaijani ties?

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Eduard Shevarnadze: “Georgians and Abkhazians should find a compromise”

 - Eduard Amvrosiyevich, all these years after the war in Abkhazia ended the society is trying to find out whether it was possible to prevent it or not…- One should bear in mind that the situation was very hard. Former President Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s supports almost each day blew up railroads and bridges, attacked trains.

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Tamerlan Gadzhiyev: “Dagestan needs an exit strategy to avert crisis”

'The Social and Economic Development Strategy for Dagestan until 2025’ is widely discussed in Makhachkala. Prominent experts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Yegor Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy and  the International Center for Social and Economic Studies contributed to the formation of this strategy. Doctor of History and Professor of Dagestani State University Tamerlan Gadzhiyev told our VK correspondent about his attitude to the document.

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 A research fellow of the Center for the Study of Central and Eastern Europe of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stefan Meister, gives an interview to the head of the VK European office, Orhan Sattarov. We publish its third part , in which he talks about the role of the EU in the Caucasus. - What can you say about the prospects of EU influence in the South Caucasus? Will the EU increase its activity and presence in our region? 

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The Director of the Azerbaijani Cuisine Center, Tair Amiraslanov, has given an interview to Vestnik Kavkaza. He spoke about special feature of Azerbaijani cuisine, its development during the post-Soviet period, eutrophy and many other things associated with cookery in Azerbaijan. We publish the first part of the interview, touching upon the idea and process of establishing the Azerbaijani Cuisine Center.- How did you come to the world of cookery and become the main culinary specialist of Azerbaijan?

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Kurulay: “I had to work hard to design halal clothes”

 It’s very important to pay attention to your inner world during the holy month of Ramadan. It’s necessary to observe the fast, to improve your life, to avoid sins, but it’s also very important to be dressed in a proper way. VK correspondent Olesya Pelageina asked Kazakh fashion designer Kurulay to say a few words about how a Muslim woman can dress.

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Alexander Rahr: Crisis of liberal system emerges in the world

The well-known German political scientist and expert Alexander Rahrgave an interview to the head of the European office of Vestnik Kavkaza, Orkhan Sattarov. He touched on the full spectrum of political themes between Russia and the Caucasus, as well as basic geopolitical aspects of the current world. We publish the last part of the interview, devoted to the crisis of the liberal system, left ideas, democratization issues, regional conflicts and threats of the Arab spring, and the possibilities for new color revolutions in the region.

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Alexander Rahr: Turkey is on equal terms with Russia, as it tries to cooperate rather than compete

The well-known German political scientist and expert Alexander Rahr gave an interview to Vestnik Kavkaza. He touched on the full spectrum of political themes between Russia and the Caucasus, as well as basic geopolitical aspects of the current world. We publish the fifth part of the interview, devoted to relations between Russia and Turkey and their positions in the region.-    Do you think competition between Russia and Turkey is possible in the Caucasus? Should we expect it, considering economic growth of Turkey in recent times?

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