President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev expressed his condolences to the families of five children and their teacher, who tragically died in the settlement of Doljanskaya in the Krasnodar Krai. The president assigned the local authorities with the task of helping the victims. President Medvedev ordered Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to start inspections in all children's summer camps in Russia.
The last two years were a time of consolidation of Abkhazia's international position, said President of Abkhazia Sergei Bagapsh in his annual address on the situation in the country and the main tendencies in its internal and foreign policy, RIA Novosti reports."It? should be noted that interest in Abkhazia throughout the world, including the West, is growing. Today we see a better understanding of our problems not only in neighbouring countries, but also far abroad", said Bagapsh.
The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, arrived in Bodrum by special flight from Alma-Ata, reports the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.According to the foreign media, President Nazarbayev?was welcomed by the governor of Mugla, Fatih Sahin, the governor of Milas, Bahattin Atchi, the mayor of Mugla, Osman Gurun and other officials, KazTAG reports.
The countries of the Caspian basin will hold a special meeting in September to discuss issues of water pollution and biodiversity preservation in the Caspian Sea, during which they will sign a protocol to reduce the risk of oil spillage, RIA Novosti reports.The Head of the UN Environment Program's Regional Office for Europe, Christophe Bouvier, believes that the parties will sign a protocol devoted to reducing the risk of oil spillage and assessing the state of the environment.
Belarus and Armenia are going to make their?inter-Parliamentary collaboration more active, said the Chairman of the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Vladimir Andreichenko, during his meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Belarus, former parliamentary speaker Armen Khachatryan, BELTA reports.The Ambassador stressed that relations between the two countries are harmonious and based on mutual understanding.
The President of Azerbaijan, Ilkham Aliev?welcomed a delegation from Egypt headed by Egyptian Minister of Oil, Sahim Fahmi, the state information agency AzerTAg reports.The President said that bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Egypt are developing successfully. He added that the discussion that took place during the recent visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt to Azerbaijan was fruitful. President Ilkham Aliev pointed out the necessity to continue developing bilateral collaboration.
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs refutes Clinton's statement about "Russian occupation of Georgia"
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's statement about "Russian occupation of Georgia" is totally baseless, stresses the document published on Wednesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, RIA Novosti reports.
The new international sanctions against Iran were aimed at slowingdown Iran's nuclear activity but they cannot stop it, the head of theIranian nuclear energy organization, Ali Akbar Salekhi, told apress-conference in Bushehr, ITAR-TASS reports, citing Iranianinformation agencies.
The official spokesman of the US State Department, Mark Toner, said that the US position on normalizing Armenian-Turkish relations will not change. The USA will also support the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, panarmenian.net reports.Toner also notified that the USA is working with the OSCE Minsk Group on a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. He said that ambassador Robert Bradtke is working on the issue. The US position was backed by the visit of Hillary Clinton to the region, he emphasized.
A criminal case has been opened over the deaths of five children and their tutor at south Russia's ‘Azov’ children's summer camp in the Krasnodar Territory, RIA Novosti reports, citing investigators. The six drowned while swimming in an area with strong currents.
Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev met Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze on Wednesday, AzerTag reports. Aliyev said that cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia was a success in all spheres. Vashadze noted the importance of discussing cooperation issues, particularly in international organizations on such issues as territorial unity.
Equipment testing at the nuclear plant constructed by Russian specialists in southern Iran's Bushehr has been completed, and the energy block will go into operation between August 23 and September 22, ITAR-TASS reports, citing the head of the Iranian nuclear energy organization.Ali Akbar Salekhi emphasized that with the start of the A4 stage, which involves inspecting reactor equipment at high temperatures, there are no more obstacles to launching the power plant.
The Georgian parliament has overwhelmingly approved the sale of the gas pipeline used for Russian gas transport through the territory of Georgia to Armenia, RBC reports. The opposition believes that the government should keep the rights for the pipeline because the purchasers may turn out to be Russian companies ‘constituting an energy and economic threat to Georgia’. The opposition proposed making Georgia the holder of 51% of the pipeline's share. Parliament dismissed the opposition's concerns.
The State Committee for religious construction has established a council supervising the construction and repair of mosques. The chairman of the committee, Gidayat Orudjev, said that all the documents for mosque construction will now be presented to the council for approval, anspress.com reports.
One child drowned and three others and their tutor went missing at the ‘Azov’ children’s camp in south Russia's Kuban on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports, citing emergency officials. One more child is in intensive care after the group were caught up in strong underwater currents near the Doljan Cossack village.
Azerbaijan has agreed to the gradual withdrawal of Armenian forces from Azerbaijani regions around Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev said on Wednesday, AzerTag reports. Aliyev said that Armenian troops will leave 5 regions immediately, and two more – Kialbadjirskiy and Lachinskiy - in 5 years or so.
Iran plans to launch a new satellite at the end of August, RIA Novosti reports, citing Iranian Minister of Telecommunication Rezu Tagipura. The Rassad-1’ Satellite will be launched using an Iranian rocket.The deputy minister of telecommunications, Mohammed Khosseynpur, said that Iran plans to launch 2 satellites this year. The launch of the first national satellite into orbit was carried out in February 2008. In November 2008 Tehran launched a second rocket - Kavoshagar-2 - carrying scientific equipment.
A frigate of the French national fleet, Jean De Vienne, will visit the Georgia port of Batumi on July 8. The ship will stay until July 11 and will participate in joint military training with Georgian forces, News Georgia reports. French officials will also meet representatives of the Georgian Defense ministry. Sailors from the two countries will also play a football match. Georgia and France signed a memorandum on economic cooperation last month. The deal involves cooperation in the spheres of energy, tourism, and investment.
The construction of a memorial complex at Beslan's school No1, destroyed in a terrorist attack in September 2004, has begun. The complex is dedicated to 335 victims of the attack, and preserves the shell of the building, Interfax reports, citing regional administration. German company Knauf Kassel is constructing the memorial. It was earlier reported that the building where the tragedy took place had become dangerous, making it necessary to build a new roof and strengthen the ceilings.
Approximately 86 billion rubles (some $2.7 billion) of investment will be required for the realization of the largest energy project in Chechnya – the construction of 10 hydro plants on Argun River in the next 10-12 years, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Chechen minister of industry and energy. Olguruz Abdulkerimov said that the first project involved the onstruction of only two hydro plants – Duba-yute and Chiri-yurte. Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has approved the project.