May 22 2015 - 21:33
Iranian deputy foreign minister, European Deputy Chief Diplomat Helga Schmid, experts and possibly political directors will hold a new round of talks in Vienna on May 26, RIA Novosti reports.The sides continue work on the comprehensive Iranian nuclear deal.
May 22 2015 - 21:16
The Russian Foreign Ministry said, commenting on the Riga Summit of the Eastern Partnership, that the chance to overcome the aggravating schism on the continent was missed, the final document reaffirmed the settings of the last year's Vilnius Summit, TASS reports.The Russian ministry said that the EU blabbered its illogical approach to Crimea again and ignored the 'free choice' and 'people's will', Russian diplomats consider the Eastern Partnership an ideologized geopolitical project with a negative impact on some EU member-states with anti-Russian complexes.
May 22 2015 - 20:32
NATO will hold the next summit in Warsaw on July 8-9, 2016, according to NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg. The upcoming summit will be significant in light of the security shifts to the east and south, TASS reports.The NATO head added that the Alliance was working on enforcement of collective security with the highest intensity since the Cold War.
May 22 2015 - 18:23
Ksenia Yudayeva, the first deputy chairwoman of the Russian Central Bank, said that Russia may substitute Western capital markets with Asian ones, TASS reports.
May 22 2015 - 17:44
The Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga has been uneventful. Vladimir Olenchenko, a senior fellow at the MGIMO Center of European Studies, reminded that the Eastern Partnership program did not become the powerful instrument for reorientation of former USSR states towards association with the EU. He noted that the Partnership had been chaired 12 times in six years, had been marked by only 4 summits. The summits were hosted by the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. The countries were not the key players in the EU.
May 22 2015 - 17:05
Iraqi Vice Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaw said at the International Economic Forum in Jordan that his country was urging the US-headed coalition to change its strategy in fighting ISIS and intervene immediately, RIA Novosti reports.The official added that the need for a new strategy had risen right after ISIS had taken over Er Ramadi.
May 22 2015 - 09:34
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said that the European Union will help the countries of the Eastern Partnership to become more resilient against outside pressure."Most importantly, we want to help them to help themselves to transform their societies for the benefit of their citizens, which also means that they become more resilient towards outside pressure," TASS cited him as saying.
May 21 2015 - 21:42
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that the Syrian government expressed no interest in inter-Syrian consultations in Astana. He opined that the meeting will be attended by a small group of Syrian opposition from Europe, RIA Novosti reports.