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Armenia celebrates Day of Pushkin's poetry

The 5th Republican day of Pushkin's poetry "Hello, Alexander Sergeyevich!" devoted to the 211th anniversary of the birth of the poet, is being celebrated in Yerevan, reports RIA Novosti, with reference to the Rossotrudnichestvo organization in Yerevan. The organizers are the Rossotrudnichestvo office in Armenia, the society of friendship "Armenia-Russia", Armenian nongovernment organizations, the Yerevan University of the Humanities and the Russian cultural centre 'Garmoniya' ("Harmony").

Turkish Foreign Minister to take part in OIC meeting

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, is heading to Jeddah to take part in the meeting of the executive council of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), reports Trend, with reference to the Turkish agency Anadolu. At the meeting of the executive council the recent attack on the aid flotilla by Israel and developments surrounding this incident will be discussed.

Rail service to operate between Turkey, Iran and Pakistan

A railway between Iran, Turkey and Pakistan will be opened this August, reports Trend, with reference to the Press TV and agency FARS.

Vice-premier Ivanov: Independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia guarantees no repeat of aggression

Recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence by Russia is a guarantee that there will be no repeat of aggression, vice-premier Sergei Ivanov has stated. Russia had recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to prevent another conflict, he said today at the international conference in Singapore, Interfax-Azerbaijan reports.

Circassians propose to recreate autonomous region

In Karachai-Cherkess the deputies of the extraordinary congress of the Circassians have adopted a resolution proposing to resume the Cherkess autonomous region as a part of Russia, reports Interfax. The delegates of the propose re-establishing the autonomy, which existed from 1926 to 1957.

US Defence Secretary to meet with Azerbaijani leaders

The US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is visiting Azerbaijan on June 6th-7th, Interfax-Azerbaijan reports, with reference to the US embassy in Baku.Gates is intending to discuss bilateral cooperation issues with Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev and Defence minister Safar Abiyev.The main topic of the meeting will be the contribution Azerbaijan makes to delivering non-military goods to Afghanistan 

Georgia switches to biometric passports

Passports of the previous sort are no longer being issued, from now on Georgian citizens can only get biometric passports, Georgia Online reports. They are obligatory for simplifying visa arrangements with the EU, the Civil Registery Agency says. A biometric passport will be valid for 10 years and issued in 10 days.

UN celebrates Russian language Day

Today, on the anniversary of the birth of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, within the programme of development and support for multilinguism and cultural diversity, the UN has celebrated Russian language Day for the first time, reports RIA Novosti.One aim of the programmme is to support equality of all six official UN languages: English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French.

Detonation of homemade explosive device prevented in Istanbul

A homemade bomb left in a market in the Zeitinburn district of Istanbul was defused by special police unit, Cihan reports. After the investigation three suspects were arrested, one other suspect managed to hide.

Turkey to help Kyrgyzstan

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that Ankara will give a grant of $21 million to Kyrgyzstan to support efforts to stabilize the situation in the country, Rosbalt reports. "In the near future a group of experts will be sent to the capital of Kyrgyzstan to study what the grant should be spent on", the prime minister said.

Airport opening ceremony in Gelendzhik

The official opening ceremony of the airport in the Black sea resort town of Gelendzhik took place today, ITAR-TASS reports. "For 25 years no airports have been built in Russia, so here is the first swallow", the deputy transport minister of Russia Valery Okulov said.

Israel calls a halt to flights to Turkey

The Israeli government has made a decision to suspend all flights to Turkey. This embargo will be in effect for three weeks, APA reports, due to the problems between the two countries.

US calls for a halt to attempts to breach blockade of Gaza Strip

The US admits that the current situation around the Gaza Strip must be changed, but calls upon foreign ships carrying aid for the population of the Palestinian enclave to stop trying to breach the blockade by Israel, a spokesman for the US National security Council Mike Hammer stated.

Abkhazian trade mission in Russia

The trade mission of the Republic of Abkhazia to the Russian Federation has been established, Apsnypress reports. Abkhaz economy minister Kristina Ozgan said that the mission has been founded to implement the agreement on establisging mutual trade missions, which was concluded by the governments of Russia and Abkhazia. Oleg Bartsits was appointed as trade representative of Abkhazia to Russia. Since 2005 he has been the director of the Investment mission of Abkhazia to Russia.

Ahmadinejad to go to Turkey for CICA conference

The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will take part in the 3rd meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) which is to take place on June 7th-9th, Trend reports, with reference to the Iranian media.

Mamedyarov: conceptual decision of Armenia is needed for Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

Armenia should make a conceptual decision on the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, the foreign minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mamedyarov said in Venice on Saturday. "If there is a conceptual decision on the part of Armenia, the question can begin to be resolved. If not, there will be difficulties"- Interfax-Azerbaijan reports his words.

Medvedev: Agreement on sanctions against Iran exists

Speaking after negotiations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian president Dmitri Medvedev said that there is agreement between the world's leading countries on sanctions against Iran, but he hopes that they will never be applied.

Mobile ecological monitoring in Sochi

A special observatory carriage will monitor the environment during theOlympic-2014 games in Sochi, ITAR-TASS reports. The first test of the observatory has shown that the air of Sochi isin relatively good ecological condition.

Prime ministers of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan will hold  negotiations during summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia

Prime ministers of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan will hold negotiations during summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia

The summit is taking place outside of Kazakhstan for the first time, an official delegation of the Kazakh presidency will arrive in Turkey.

Monument to Turkish soldier unveiled in Azerbaijan

A monument marking the 'Tomb of the Unknown Turkish Soldier' was opened today in the Azeri town of Shamahy, Trend reports. The project was proposed by the ambassador of Turkey to the republic, Hulusi Kilicem. The sides expressed hope that such expressions of the friendship between the countries will continue.