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.
May 21 2015 - 21:31
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has expressed satisfaction with the talks on simplification of the Ukraine-EU visa regime with the Union, as stated in Riga, where he arrived for the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit, RIA Novosti reports.He added that a declaration was passed with the European People's Party. Ukraine needs to fulfill certain criteria by November 2016 to have the visa regime simplified.
May 21 2015 - 20:40
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said today that US authorities figured that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was irreplaceable, RIA Novosti reports.He explained that the territory of Syria would be taken over by extremists, terrorists and ISIS without Assad and turned into Somalia or Libya.According to Bogdanov, the US admitted losing too much time understanding how to realize the Geneva Communique.
May 21 2015 - 20:06
The Georgian Special Prime Ministerial Envoy for Russia, Zurab Abashidze, said after a meeting with the Belgian ambassador to Georgia that European partners were advising Georgia to continue dialogue with Russia, Georgia Online reports.