Integration of Georgia is fruitful for whole region

30 January 2015 - 4:36pm

Speaker of the Georgian Parliament David Usupashvili said that the free trade agreements between Georgia and the EU were opening doors to big markets for Armenia and the whole region, Georgia Online reports.

Azerbaijani Ministry for Ecology to monitor forests

30 January 2015 - 4:28pm

 The Azerbaijani Ministry for Ecology and Natural Resources has been authorized to monitor the laws on forests, exploitation of national forests and prevent illegal lumbering, reports.The Cabinet has introduce amendments to the Rules on Protection, Preservation and Restoration of Forests, adopted on May 1, 2000. 

Russia demands Kiev stop fighting separatists

30 January 2015 - 4:13pm

The Russian Foreign Ministry has urged Kiev to stop fighting the separatists, reminding about the civilian casualties at the Culture House and on public transport in Donetsk. The ministry emphasized that all differences should be settled via negotiations, TASS reports.

EU hesitates about anti-Russian sanctions

30 January 2015 - 3:54pm

Western media have described the final communiqué on the prospects of the anti-Russian sanctions as weak. The document states that the European Commission will prepare necessary measures. EU Chief Diplomat Federica Mogherini said that the measures will be clarified on February 12. No new sanctions were passed, the old ones affecting individuals were extended, sector-targeted sanctions were left unchanged.

Anti-Russian sanctions will stay until the end of conflict in Ukraine

30 January 2015 - 3:13pm

French President Francois Hollande said today that sanctions against Russia will stay in force and be extended until a solution to the Ukrainian conflict is found, Reuters reports.

Attacker of Istanbul police station identified as woman

30 January 2015 - 3:04pm

The assailant shooting a police station at the center of Istanbul has been identified as a woman. The suspect left the scene of crime. No one was injured, Trend reports.

Anti-smoking march to start in Sochi tomorrow

30 January 2015 - 2:36pm

 An anti-smoking march will start in Sochi tomorrow. Activists encouraging healthy lifestyle will march from the square of the Central Department Store, along Navaginskaya Street to the Platanovaya Alley, reports.Smokers will be informed about the hazards of smoke in lungs. 

UEFA officials to visit Crimea

30 January 2015 - 2:03pm


Police station attacked in Istanbul

30 January 2015 - 1:56pm

An unidentified assailant opened fire at a police station on the Taksim Square in Istanbul at 3.30pm today. No one was injured. The shooter dropped the gun and left the crime scene, RIA Novosti reports.

New SOCAR petroleum stations open in Romania

30 January 2015 - 1:49pm

The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has opened a new petroleum station in Sibiu today, making a total of 32 petroleum stations in 15 districts of Romania, Trend reports.

Russian Central Bank drops its key interest rate

30 January 2015 - 1:28pm

The Russian Central Bank has dropped its key interest rate from 17% to 15%. This is stated in a press release of the Bank of Russia.  

Turkish president’s advisor submits resignation letter

30 January 2015 - 1:14pm

Turkish president’s advisor Aydin Unal has submitted a resignation letter.  He will participate in the parliamentary election, which will be held in the country in June 2015, the newspaper Milliyet reports.  It was earlier reported that chief of Turkish intelligence Hakan Fidan is also expected to resign in connection with his participation in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Transition to Latin script in Kazakhstan will start in 10 years

30 January 2015 - 12:25pm

The transition to the Latin script in Kazakhstan will start no earlier than 2025, the country’s Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly said. He made the remarks during a briefing in Astana on Jan.30. 

Kadyrov: Putin proved that Russia will not fulfill someone's will because of sanctions

30 January 2015 - 12:10pm

The head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov believes that the statement by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the need to strengthen financial and economic sovereignty is very important.  

Turkish Airlines cancels over 100 flights due to bad weather

30 January 2015 - 11:49am

Bad weather has caused the cancellation of 103 Turkish Airline flights.  The flights were cancelled due to an upcoming snowstorm in Istanbul.  The airline cancelled domestic and international flights scheduled after 18:00 (MSK). 

Did Tbilisi break off trade talks with Moscow?

30 January 2015 - 11:32am

Tbilisi is suspending trade talks with Russia, as they do not make any sense. This statement was made by Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili in an interview with "Radio Liberty". At the moment Beruchashvili is on an official visit to the US. 

Azerbaijan asks European Court to protect Asgarov and Guliyev

30 January 2015 - 11:25am

An appeal was sent to the European Court of Human Rights with regard to the Azerbaijanis Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar district, as well as Hasan Hasanov, killed by Armenians in the same district, the Azerbaijan Law Reform Centre Chairman Anar Bagirov said. According to Bagirov, the appeal includes the violated rights of the Azerbaijani hostages.  

Shuvalov: free floating ruble is right but extremely painful decision

30 January 2015 - 11:11am

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said that the Central Bank's decision on a free floating ruble transition was the right one, despite being "extremely painful." "The Bank of Russia made an attempt to move to a free floating ruble. We believe that this was very painful, but absolutely justified and right," Shuvalov stressed.  

Russia will not cut military and agricultural spending

30 January 2015 - 10:54am

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said that Russia will not cut military and agricultural spending. "We believe that there are areas in which the government will not propose spending cuts: the country's defense and agriculture," Tass quoted him as saying. 

Shennah: I'll find a way to return Russia to PACE

30 January 2015 - 10:53am

The decision by members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to extend sanctions against the Russian delegation came as a surprise to the head of the Monitoring Committee of the Assembly, Stefan Shennah.  He plans to do everything possible as soon as possible and by special invitation to return Moscow to the number of full members of the Assembly. 

Erdogan: Turkey needs Gulen's arrest

30 January 2015 - 10:20am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that it is not so much Fethullah Gulen's extradition as his arrest that is important for the country. According to him, fighting the Gülen movement is a national policy of Turkey.  Erdogan also stressed that Gulen’s arrest and extradition are extremely important for bilateral relations between Turkey and the US, Trend reports. 

Warlick: Use of drones on Azerbaijani-Armenian troops contact line is provocation

30 January 2015 - 10:15am

The reported use of drones above or across the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in Nagorno-Karabakh is a provocation.  "The sides need to reduce tensions," the OSCE Minks Group’s US Co-chair James Warlick tweeted.  On Thursday Azerbaijani armed forces reported about shooting down an alleged Armenian drone.  

Three American contractors killed in Kabul

30 January 2015 - 10:05am

Three American contractors were killed at the military airport in the Afghan capital Kabul.  Also during the attack one Afghan citizen was killed.  A representative of the coalition forces said that an investigation has been opened. It is possible that the attack was organized by one of the employees of the airport or local military.  

Kerry fined for snow

30 January 2015 - 9:48am

On Thursday, officials tagged Kerry with a $50 fine for failing to clear snow from the side of his mansion.  After a blizzard dumped two feet of snow on his city this week, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh vowed to crack down on anyone who left the sidewalks in front of their homes buried in snow.  The Secretary of the State was in Saudi Arabia attending the funeral of King Abdullah.  

Senators show Obama they are not afraid of veto

30 January 2015 - 9:46am

The US Senate has passed the Keystone XL pipeline approval bill.  The Senate voted 62 to 32. 9 Democrats joined with 53 Republicans.  Earlier this month, the initiative was supported by members of the House of Representatives.