Moscow has expressed concern regarding Israel's attack on the "Freedom flotilla", "The Voice of Russia" radio station reports Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrey Nesterenko as saying. The Ministry condemns Israel primarily for the loss of life. It insists a detailed investigation into the event should be launched.
An extraordinary session of the UN Security Council is taking place today, devoted to the capture of the international flotilla heading for Israel with about 10 thousand tons of humanitarian supplies, RIA Novosti reports. The precise time of the meeting is not yet known. There were 10 ships in the "Freedom flotilla" captured by the Israeli navy. Last Sunday they departed from Cyprus to break the blockade of the Gaza strip. There were 600 human rights activists on board, the majority of them Turkish.
"On board the international convoy carrying humanitarian aid to theGaza Strip were contraband weapons which the activists used to attackIsraeli soldiers", Trend reports, citing a source in the IsraeliGovernment.Arms were on board the ships before the arrival of the Israeli Navy,and Israeli soldiers were forced to defend themselves, as a result ofwhich two Israeli soldiers were injured, the anonymous source said.Over 10 people were killed during the raid, with some sources puttingthe death toll as high as 16.
Turkey has called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. SecurityCouncil after Israeli commandos stormed Gaza-bound aid ships, killingat least 10 activists on board, a Turkish foreign ministry officialsaid, Reuters reports. Ankara has also recalled its ambassador toIsrael.The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he was shocked by theIsraeli raid. He noted that the international community condemns thekillings and will investigate the circumstances of the incident.
The Secretary General of the Arab League Amt Musa has urged an urgentsession for June 1 in connection with an Israeli raid on aninternational humanitarian convoy with human rights activists onboard, reports RIA Novosti.
The European Union has condemned Israel's attacks on ships carryingtons of humanitarian aid from Turkey to the Gaza Strip and demanded anexplanation from the Israeli government, Trend reports.EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security PolicyCatherine Ashton appealed to the Israeli leadership to letinternational ships enter the Gaza Strip to carry humanitarian cargoto the Palestinian enclave.Moreover, the Arab League announced it will hold an emergency meeting
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned as "unacceptable" an Israeli raid on international humanitarian ships, and demanded an official explanation from the Israeli government, reports ITAR-TASS.
New partners of Russia did not protest against construction of the memorial in honor of soldiers who fought Russia.
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made important statements regarding problems of interior and exterior policy, Trend reports, citing Turkish news agency Anadolu. He spoke of the problems of exchanging low-enriched Iranian uranium for nuclear fuel. He said that the agreement signed in Tehran would help establish peace on the planet. At the same time, he added that the most dangerous countries were those which possessed the majority of the world's nuclear weapons.
Three more ships left Turkish Antalia heading for Cyprus, where they are due to join five cargo and passenger ships containing 10 thousand tons of humanitarian aid and building materials and 700 activists. The flotilla will head for the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Rosbalt reports.In spite of warnings from the Israeli authorities, Turkish activists intend to break the economic blockade set up by Israel.
Armenian teachers will work in Turkey. The head of the TurkishUniversity Erdjiyesh said that their university will open departmentsof Armenian and Hebrew languages in the next academic year, Bagiunnewspaper reports. The university has invited two Armenian teachers,Armenia Today reports.
The XII Congress of Russian Press is opening in Israel today. Journalists from 50 countries are participating in it. 140 of them will be Israeli, 200 will come from abroad.The congress was initiated by the Israeli president Benyamin Netanyahu. The organizing committee invites participation in the project online at the website www.warp-israel.co.il
The famous Russian billionaire, Telman Ismaylov, has refused to participate in a banquet with the president of Israel, which was organised by the Kazakh media magnate as part of the 12th Congress of the Universal Association of the Russian Press in Tel Aviv, IzRus reports.
The presidential administration of the United States has lifted the sanctions against three Russian organizations, earlier accused of cooperating with the Iranian nuclear weapons project. Sanctions against one ot herorganization, suspected of weapons trade with Syria, have also been lifted, RBK reports quoting Associated Press. But the US state department is making no comment on this. Some experts think that this decision was made to persuade Russia to support the UN Security Council resolution on Iran.
The Azerbaijani Defence Industry Ministry and an Israeli company willsoon sign an agreement on the production of drones, announced DefenseIndustry Minister Yaver Jamalov, reports APA."There were some technical issues but we have successfully resolvedthem. The Azerbaijani share will equal 51 percent. And the foreigncompany will provide the producing technology," the minister said.The minister also added that Azerbaijan was planning the production ofboth spy and fighter drones.
Kazakhstan and Georgia intend to increase relations, not reduce them.
The Vice-President of the Azerbaijani Chess Federation talks about thespecifics of a traditional tournament, gathering world renowned chessgrandmasters.The Baku President’s Cup started on April 29th, gathering manywell-known chess grandmasters, like ex-champion of the world VladimirKramnik, who could be called the star of the start of the tournament.The tournament involves speed and blitz matches. Before the start ofthe tournament, Vice-President of the Azerbaijani Chess Federation
The general-director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukio Amano, has sent a letter to the foreign ministers of all the signatories to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty asking them to study the possibility of concluding a resolution allowing Israel to sign up to the NNT, reports RIA Novosti.
Tehran will continue developing its nuclear program, despite the threat of sanctions from the UN and military threats from Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, Interfax reports.The Iranian president noted that, regardless of the measures taken against it, Iran will find a way to defend itself.
"Turkey is in favor of the opening of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, although in regards to stability in the region issues between zerbaijan and Armenia should be solved," Turkish Foreign Minister Akmet Davutoglu has said.
The Iranians have written a message to the U.S. President Barack Obama on a grain of rice, pinned to a olive tree leaf. It has been presented by the Iranian student Ali Madjabi to Swiss Ambassador, representing interests of the U.S. in Tehran, reports ITAR-TASS.
The international community is united on Iran for the first time, US Vice-President Joe Biden declared, RIA Novosti reports."China will agree to sanctions," Biden said on AB. "This is the first time the entire world is unified."The USA and a number of other Western countries suspect Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at developing nuclear arms and insist on new sanctions against Tehran. Iran says its program is peaceful and has rejected UN calls for it to cease enriching uranium.
The US does not consider the Iranian army a strong force, 1news.az reports, citing the Israel newspaper “Yedioth Ahronot”. The paper cited a US reconnaissance report that said while the Iranian army numbered some 20 million soldiers, it had poor and outdated equipment.
Israel has decided to revise its military collaboration with Turkey,due to the constant anti-Israeli rhetoric of Turkish prime ministerRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Armenia today reports.The Israeli Organization for Military Exports (SIBAT) will nowconsider every Turkish request separately, and make every decisiondependant on a general evaluation of the set of problems related toselling seperate kinds of weapons to Islamic countries.
Turkish foreign minister Ahmed Davutoglu is in Iran on the second stage of a five-country tour. TRT reports that he arrived in Teheran to share his impressions of the nuclear summit in Washington.Davutoglu began by meeting Iran’s foreign minister Manuchehr Mottaki. At the press conference afterwards, Mottaki reacted severely to a question about the West’s position. Indicating Israel, he announced: “We could even disarm the nations in the region that possess nuclear weapons”
Any air strike on Iran by the United States or Israel would be "unacceptable," the chief of the Russian General Staff said on Monday."This is a last resort that exists in the plans of both the United States and Israel," Nikolai Makarov said, reports RIA Novosti.
The Foreign Minister of Iran, Manouchehr Mottaki, claimed that imposing new sanctions on Iran is a failed policy of the U.S. and its allies, reports Interfax, citing the Iranian press. "Imposing new sanctions on Iran is to step again into a tunnel the US has entered before and failed," Mottaki said. Mottaki described Obama's nuclear doctrine, which provides for a reduction of nuclear weapons in the U.S. defense strategy, as propaganda. In his opinion, "Israel is the main obstacle to nuclear disarmament in Middle East."
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the commencement ceremony of the Turkish TV and radio broadcaster and Radio TRT called in the Arabic language on the Arab world to adhere to common political course in the future, reports Novosti Azerbaijan referring to the site of the TRT broadcaster.
Karim Horace will become the new Turkish ambassador for Israel. Experts link the change of ambassadors to the "low chair" incident, participated by a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Danny Ayalon. Due to the incident Chalikul has been considered unable to execute his duties by Turkey, reports vesti.az.
Israel plans to determine in the nearest future what it can do in order to help Russia in ensuring security during the Olympics in Sochi in 2014. "In our country, great attention is paid to security issues, and I hope that our experience will be useful for the Olympics in Sochi," said Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor of Israelduring the first Russian-Israeli business forum held in Moscow March 22.