Construction of the first branch of the North Stream Pipeline along the seabed of the Baltic Sea has been completed, Nord Stream AG said, RIA Novosti reports.
The authorities of Kabardino-Balkaria will provide each veteran of the Great Patriotic War and widows of fallen soldiers with 5,000 rubles each for Victory Day, the Kabardino-Balkarian president’s press-service told RIA Novosti.
The Catholicos of All-Armenians, Karekin II, is on a visit to South America today, Armenia Today reports.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has introduced the border agreement between Russia and Azerbaijan to the Russian parliament for ratification.
The Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Montenegro, Elmar Mammadyarov and Milan Rochen, have discussed cooperation prospects, Trend reports.
The Russian-NATO Council will hold a meeting of ambassadors today to discuss anti-missile cooperation.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was attacked while campaigning for the June 12 parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reports.A police officer guarding his cortege died, another one was injured, Erdogan said. The attack happened in Kastamonu Province at 17.15 (local time). Grenades were thrown and fire opened on the cortege from a forest. A police car was set on fire. The assailants escaped.
South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity will not run for a third term in the autumn, he announced today, ITAR-TASS reports.Deputy Defense Minister General Ibragim Gasseyev proposed a referendum on prolongation of Kokoity's terms of office. Elections will be held in November.
Minister of Regional Development Victor Basargin said that the state program for development of the North Caucasus will have received 336.9 billion rubles from the federal budget by 2025.
Georgian Vice-Speaker of Parliament Rusudan Kervalishvili told a session of the committee for human rights protection and civil integration that he had presented a plan for gender equality, Georgia Online reports. MP Kakha Andzhaparidze presented a copyright law. Technical products that undergo copyright registration will add symbols of municipalities and autonomies.The committee considered amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations. They will provide protection and parking spaces for the disabled.
Sergey Mironov, the Speaker of the Federation Council, was informed that the legislative assembly of Saint-Petersburg will host talks on his withrawal from the upper chamber of parliament on May 18, RIA Novosti reports.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has approved the program for socio-economic development for 2011-2013. The program emphasises stability, dynamic development of the economy and improvement of living standards, the president's website says. The program realizes measures of other socio-economic programs, for 2006-2007 and 2009-2013, and other related programs for Baku. They plan to improve the quantity and quality of social services.
Azerbaijani Vice-Premier Abid Sharifov commented on the water level of the River Kura, saying that there will be no flood threat to the country this year, APA reports. The water flow was 1700-1900 cubic meters per second last year. It is currently flowing at 650-750 cubic meters per second.The vice-premier said that the water level in the Mingyachevir water reservoir was 79.6 meters. This year it is 4 meters lower. The reservoir can hold several million cubic meters of water.
The Armenian Ambassador to Qatar, Vaagn Melikyan, has handed his credentials to the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. They also discussed bilateral relations, News Armenia reports. They stressed the importance of mutual visits. Melikyan noted the role of the joint inter-governmental commission of Armenia and Qatar in improving trade-economic cooperation.Melikyan sent the regards of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to the emir.