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State of emergency in four North Ossetian regions

A state of emergency was introduced in the Prigorodniy, Digorskiy,Alagirskiy, Ardonskiy regions of North Ossetia due to river flooding.Preliminary damage estimates amount to 800 million rubles.Private houses, transport infrastructure and agricultural lands weresubmerged after heavy rains led to rising water levels in the riversArdon, Saudagdon, Terek, Ursdon, Khataldon, Tsraudon, Mayramadag,Dur-Dur and Sunge, Interfax reports.

Turkish and Azerbaijani gas agreements will not affect ‘Blue Stream’ - Erdogan

The agreements between Turkey and Azerbaijan on gas supplies from‘Shakh-Deniz-2’ will have no effect on the amounts of Russian suppliesthrough the ‘Blue Stream’ pipeline project, Turkish Premier RecepTayyip Erdogan said at a meeting with Premier Vladimir Putin today,RIA Novosti reports.Turkey buys gas from Azerbaijan but most supplies come from Russia.Erdogan noted that Turkey lacks gas for industrial facilities. He saidthat Azerbaijani gas will partially cover gas demand.

Military vehicle attacked in Dagestan

A device exploded in Makhachkala today in front of a military vehicle with servicemen. Preliminary data reports that there are no victims or wounded, RIA Novosti reports, citing local law-enforcement agencies. The explosion took place at 17.20 Moscow time on Ametkhan Sultan street.

Georgian signs tax agreement with Spain

Georgia and Spain have signed an agreement preventing double taxation. The Georgian Foreign Minister, Grigol Vashadze, is currently on a visit to Madrid. According to his counterpart, Angel Moratinos, they discussed issues of bilateral relations improvement, Georgian cooperation with the EU, the basic trends of Euroatlantic integration of Georgia, the situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the situation in the South Caucasus, Rosbalt reports.

Putin and Aliyev discuss economic cooperation

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev discussed economic cooperation and the situation in the region, RIA Novosti reports.Putin noted that the Russian and Azerbaijani sides will use every meeting to make additional steps towards improving bilateral relations and normalizing the situation in the region.Aliyev noted that Russia and Azerbaijan are effectively cooperating in all directions and there is progress in all spheres of cooperation.

Azerbaijani parliament passes new military doctrine

Azerbaijani parliament passes new military doctrine

The Azerbaijani parliament passed a new military doctrine at an intersessional meeting today, Trend reports.

Ukraine activates relations with Turkey

Ukraineand Turkey will establish an intergovernmental bilateral strategic council, Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich said regarding the results of his meeting with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, RIA Novosti reports.Yanukovich noted that the council will be headed by the Turkish premier and the Ukrainian president.

CICMA gaining influence in Asia

The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia(CICMA) is gradually transforming into a full-fledged organization forcooperation and security on the Asian continent, Kazakh PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev said, opening the third summit of the heads ofCICMA member-states, ITAR-TASS reports.He noted that he welcomes Vietnam’s and Iraq’s joining CICMA andBangladesh becoming an observer. The forum unites 22 countries,comprising over 90% of the Asian landmass and half the world’spopulation.

Turkish Air Forces attack Kurdish opposition in Iraq

The Turkish Air Force (TuAF) bombed a Kurdish opposition camp in Khakurk in northern Iraq, Armenia Today reports, citing Turkish media.There have been frequent TuAF attacks on Kurdish opposition in the northern regions of Iraq recently. Three weeks ago Turkish aviation destroyed another facility of the Kurdish Workers Party. In 2008,Turkish land forces carried out an operation in the northern part of Iraq.

Georgian citizenship can be obtained via internet

The Georgian civil registry department of the Justice Ministry hasintroduced a new on-line application system for citizenship. Documentscan be processed from other countries, Georgia Online reports.Anyone who applies for Georgian citizenship from now on can do so viathe internet. The applicant must fill in an on-line form, and send ascanned copy of the required documents. After this the applicantshould print the application, sign it, and mail it to the department.

Armenia and Fiji establish diplomatic relations

Armenia and Fiji have established diplomatic relations. The ArmenianForeign Ministry’s press office said the Armenian ambassador to China,Armen Sarkisyan, and his Fiji counterpart signed the agreement,Armenia Today reports.The meeting also saw a discussion of cooperation within the frameworkof international organizations, in particular the UN.

Russia, Turkey discuss establishment of joint logistic center

Russia and Turkey are discussing a possible new logistic center forthe shipment of goods cargoes to replace the port at Sochi, Russianvice-premier Igor Sechin said, Interfax reports.He said that after the 2014 Winter Olympics Sochi will concentrate onpassengers and it could be replaced by a Turkish port.He also noted that it is not of great importance for Russia whichTurkish port will substitute Sochi, as they all have moderninfrastructures.

Kadyrov denies Israeli allegations on separatists

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has slammed claims by the Israeliforeign minister that the organizers of the "Freedom Flotilla" hadlinks with Chechen separatists, Interfax reports."I'm very surprised that the Russian media circulated the statement ofa famous Israeli politician about ties between Chechen separatists andthe Freedom Flotilla organizers," Kadyrov said."Such statements are propaganda and spread in order to divert theattention of the international community from the bloody tragedy in

Putin vows not to pressurise either side in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process

Putin vows not to pressurise either side in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process

Any intervention or pressure on Armenia or Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is very risky, Russian Premier Vladimir Putin said during a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan.

Armenia introduces amendments to Election Code

The Armenian parliament has introduced amendments proposed byPresident Serzh Sargsyan to the Election Code, Armenia Today reports.The amendments will make equal the rights and immunity fromprosecution of all candidates for the presidency, in particular in thesituation when the acting president stands for a new term.

Geneva talks on Caucasus security begin

The 11th round of discussions on security and stability in theTranscaucasus region has begun in Geneva. The talks, which are beingheld under the auspices of the UN, the EU and the Organization forSecurity and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), feature delegations fromAbkhazia, Georgia, Russia, the USA and South Ossetia, Interfaxreports.The discussions are held in the format of two working groups - one onissues of security and another on humanitarian issues. According to

Russia, Turkey sign two agreements

A memorandum on providing security for Russian tourists in Turkey andvice versa has been signed by representatives of the two states,ITAR-TASS reports.Russia's Rostechnadzor and the nuclear energy agency of Turkey alsosigned an agreement on the monitoring of nuclear security.

CICA member states must unite to fight challenges to humanity - Gul

CICA member states must unite to fight challenges to humanity - Gul

Turkish President Abdullah Gul called on all CICA member states to unite efforts in fighting global challenges."Terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking - threaten all humanity and do not have borders," the Turkish premier said at the summit's opening ceremony.

Putin to discuss Iranian nuclear problem with Ahmadinejad in Istanbul

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with Iranian PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad within the framework of the CICA summit inIstanbul if his counterpart finds it necessary, ITAR-TASS reports."President Ahmadinejad is here and we will probably see each otherduring the session," Putin said.Meanwhile, the Russian premier pointed out again that any newsanctions against Iran should not be excessive.

Iran to freeze nuclear talks if new sanctions imposed

Iran will not continue negotiations on its nuclear program if the UNSecurity Council imposes new sanctions against Tehran, RIA Novostireports, citing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."I've already said that it is a big mistake by the US administrationand its allies if they think that at the same time they can threatenus with UN sanctions and sit with us at the negotiating table. Thiswon't work," Ahmadinejad said during a CICA summit in Turkey.He also said that May's Brazil-Turkey-Iran deal on uranium exchange